Sumi Perera, “ROOTS-Its not Black & White, but 50 Shades of Grey & Brown”

Sumi Perera
United Kingdom

ROOTS-It’s not Black & White, but 50 Shades of Grey & Brown

Etching, aquatint, embossing. stitch with hair & her-dye, deconstructed portraits
11.6″ x 4.1 “x 0.39”

Artist Statement

Sumi Perera is a interdisciplinary artist, academic & curator who makes interactive print installations, combining traditional & contemporary cutting edge technology.

Sometimes electroconductive-ink (to generate sound) & thermochromic-inks (tomutate in colour) are integrated, with her background working as a bimodal émigré (Sri Lanka& UK), doctor & scientist. She obtained a MA at Camberwell College, London 2004, and taught at Middlesex University & Royal Academy, London.

She has held many international residencies: teaching residency at CAFA, Beijing China in 2007; recipient of the first Guest Artist Fellowship & solo show at Scuola Internazionale di Grafica, Venice 2017, Stone Lithography at Pierre Presse, France 2017; The National Open Art Residency in London 2016

She exhibits internationally & has won awards/prizes: Prix de Print, Art in Print USA 2015, Gold Medal-Seoul 1st International Artistbook Competition 2005; 1st PrizeSHELTER, USA; Flourish Award 2015-excellence in printmaking & solo show. Public & private collections of her work: Tate (10works); Victoria & Albert museum
(12works); Yale Centre of British Art (2); Ashmolean (2); China, Japan, Italy & Australia etc.

She had a 12 year retrospective of collaborative projects: “Sumi Perera et al.” at CFPR, UWE Bristol 2017; & at IMPACT10 & IMPACT11 [International Printmaking Conference-Spain’18 & Hong Kong ‘21].