Camden Commissions - Vishwa Shroff

Artists draw their Camden

With the support of House of Illustration, Swiss Cottage Gallery has launched the Camden Drawn project, inviting artists and illustrators to interpret Camden and show their work at Swiss Cottage Library from May 2017 to February 2018. By bringing what is outside in, the works are a fun representation of the diversity, community and adventure of Camden life!

Each poster will also be shown on the homepage of Love Camden for the duration of the exhibition. Keep an eye on Love Camden’s homepage for the most current poster and below to link to our archive!

This month: artist Vishwa Shroff: Transitions, 2016

(c) Vishwa Schroff
(c) Vishwa Shroff, Transitions, 2016


About the artist

Shroff's work explores spatial and narrative possibilities of fragmented, transitional thoughts and the transferring attentions with which objects are perceived. Drawings within the sketchbook, derived by scrutinising urban and domestic scenarios, are enlarged and redrawn to represent archetypal objects. The sequential chronicling of such fragmented thought and minor happenings inform the positioning of these drawn objects, applying their iconographic and utilitarian potential to construct ontological and spatial experiences propagating narrative. The arrangement of drawings and actual objects collectively employ a theatrical vocabulary: layering rather than perspectives create physicality where appearing and disappearing outlines become indicative of objects. Such pairing of multidimensional physicality with suggestive rather than actual objects warrants imaginative relationships between the suggested objects and intermediate voids to occur.

Vishwa Shroff started her artist training at The Faculty of Fine Arts, MSU, Baroda in 2002. She continued on to the Birmingham Institute of Art and Design (UK) in 2003. Her career so far has seen five solo exhibitions –‘Drawn Spaces ‘ (2016)and ‘Postulating Premises’ (2015) at TARQ Gallery, ‘One Eye! Two Eyes! Three Eyes!’( 2012) at the Acme Project Space, London, ‘Memories of a Known Place’ (2012), Birmingham (UK) and ‘Room: Collaborative Book Show’ (2011), Vadodara (India). Besides participating in artist residencies all over the world, Shroff has also been a part of group exhibitions such as ‘Again and Yet Again’ (2017) at Gallery OED, , Cochin, (India), ‘Planes of Experience, Zones of Action’ (2017) at Goethe Institut-Max Mueller Bhavan, Mumbai ,‘Reading Room’ (2016) at Saffron Art, New York, ‘Reading Room: Leaves, Threads and Traces’ (2015), The Winchester Gallery (UK), ‘Bartered Collections’ ( 2015) by Cona Projects at the Mumbai Art Room and ‘Momento Mori’ (2015) at TARQ Gallery. She was a recipeint of the UNESCO-Aschberg Bursaries for Artists in 2011.

Visit her website here!

Forthcoming Camden Drawn artists include:

September – October 2017
Robert Frank Hunter
Coming soon

November – December 2017
Marianna Madriz
Coming soon

January – February 2018
Owen Davey
Coming soon

Click here for our past exhibitions!

About House of Illustration

House of Illustration is the UK's only public gallery dedicated to illustration as an art form. A registered charity founded by Sir Quentin Blake at the heart of the King's Cross regeneration area, we put on a ten exhibitions a year over three gallery spaces, amplified by a thriving public programme of talks, masterclasses and short courses. We also support emerging talent by commissioning new work and run a pioneering learning programme for all ages.