Siri Devi Khandavilli works across sculpture, painting, performance, video, and installation to create artworks rooted in traditional Indian techniques and yet transcending cultural specificity to hint at more significant commentaries about the nature of the present. Khandavilli is interested in global cultural migrations, the perception and history of the feminine body in art, and how tradition transmutes across time and place. She often uses mirror-like and reflective materials in her works as a way of inviting viewers to explore themselves and reflect on her visual articulations of a shared contemporary experience.
Khandavilli received a a MFA and BFA in intermedia and multimedia from Arizona State University as well as a MFA in sculpture from Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath in Bangalore. Prior to studying at art school in the United States, she was trained in the techniques of traditional Indian painting. Her extensive and broad education has shaped her into a visual artist at ease with various media and forms of artistic expression.
Khandavilli has had numerous solo and group exhibitions and is collected globally, including Albertina Museum, Durham University, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Fidelity Art Collection, Arizona State University Art Museum, Queens Museum, Essl Museum, and Indigo Blue Art Gallery, Singapore.
The artist divides her time between New York and New Delhi.