Mattai’s upcoming solo exhibition considers the concept of “home” from an immigrant perspective.
Multiple mixed-media installations will conjure an imagined domestic space inspired by Mattai’s mother’s familial home. Her interactive sculptures invite viewers to feel the power of family, care, and community in the face of migration and upheaval.
Mattai blends myth, folklore, oral histories, and archival materials to shape a fantastical home. Her materials, including worn saris, vintage furniture, embroidered wallpapers, and live plants, reimagine the lush landscapes of Guyana. Her patterns, inspired by South Asian tapestries, offer glimpses into untold histories.
Suchitra Mattai is a multi-disciplinary artist of Indo-Caribbean descent who creates mixed-media paintings, sculptures, and installations that often combine processes and materials associated with the domestic sphere, such as embroidery, weaving, and found clothing, in order to honor the labor of women.
Past projects include group exhibitions at the MCA Chicago, the ICA Boston, Crystal Bridges Museum (Bentonville, AR), the Sharjah Biennial 14 (Sharjah, UAE) , the Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto, Canada), the MCA Denver, and solo exhibitions at the Center for Visual Art MSU Denver and the Boise Museum of Art. Upcoming 2024 solo exhibitions include Socrates Sculpture Park (New York, NY), the Tampa Museum of Art, and the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Her works are represented in public and private collections which include Crystal Bridges Museum of Art, the Denver Art Museum, the Nasher Museum of Art, the Tampa Museum of Art, the Joslyn Museum of Art, the Crocker Museum of Art, the Portland Museum of Art, and the University of Michigan Museum of Art. Suchitra received an MFA in painting and drawing and an MA in South Asian art from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia and is a recipient of an Anonymous Was a Woman Award (2023) and a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship (2024).