Sumedh Rajendran’s work hints at the wider context of human experience while engaging with the possibilities of sculptural experimentation. His early series critically examined the predicament of migrations, displacements, angst, discrimination and arguments between different layers and structures of society. He juxtaposes the contradictions, contrary values and widespread social apathy prevalent with his skillful usage of materials like ceramic tiles and leather that have distinct connotations in both sacred and profane contexts.
Rajendran usesindustrial materials such as tin sheets, cans, rubber, cement concrete steel etc while giving them an aesthetic value. An uneasy interface of his composite imagery, surfaces and structures generates meanings with their references to the social and political situations, for example the accentuated contours of animals, mutilated bodies etc. The constant negotiations with circumstances and the situational contrasts keep recurring in his works and it makes him work with images that people can relate to. And yet he uses this as a starting point to investigate and deconstruct these circulated images to explore their hidden ideologies.
He completed his BFA from College of Fine Arts, Trivandrum, Kerala, 1994 and MFA, Delhi College Of Art, 1999.His solo exhibitions include Dual Liquid, Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi, 2010; Chemical Smuggle, Grosvenor Vadehra, London,2008; Final Call, Anant Art Centre, New Delhi ,2007; Street Fuel Blackout, Sakshi Gallery Mumbai, 2006 and Pseudo-Homelands, Rohtas Art Gallery ,Lahore. Rajendran has widely exhibited his works in various international exhibitions. These include participation in Indian Highway at Astrup Fearnley Museum, Norway; On the Road to Next Milestone, part of Indian highway at HEART, Herning, Denmark; Zones of Contact, Propositions on the Museum, Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, New Delhi and Kochi-Muziris Biennale, Kochi, among others.
The Artist lives and works in New Delhi, India.