Shivani Mathur believes that Art, design and performance can produce real productive change in the world. She want to be an instrument of such change that is concrete, measurable and driven by innovation. Her current work sits at the intersection of art science, philosophy. Her methods are sustainable and driven by technology. She explores the logic behind how barely perceptible cracks and gaps in us, in our relationships and our surroundings, take on momentum to create seismic change. She has developed a visual language using old discarded materials that are cracked and decaying - discarded glass, mirror, cracked and decaying eggshells and clay that is impure and unfit for making ceramics. Born in Kolkatta, India, Shivani defied convention, in her early twenties and chose a career in the all male world of investment banking. When the Russian crisis sent the world of trading into chaos in 1998, her expertise was required in London where she was sent for a period of just two weeks. Unknown to her at the time, this was to be her home for the next several decades, away from her home in India. In this new life in London she learnt that if a woman wants to shatter the glass ceiling she has to shatter glass.As she rose to be recognised as the top two percent of women in the financial world trading unpredictable markets, she became increasingly interested in social justice, unpredictable human behaviour, equality and the status of minority. Alongside her corporate career, she began oil painting. Her artworks covered a variety of subjects ranging from mathematical pattern to the status of women in society and were exhibited publicly. The McMillan Delonghi art auction at Bonhams, The Egg Hunt by the Elephant family in Covent Garden, A solo shows at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, at the ACAF fair at Bozar in Brussels and private exhibitions in Seattle and in India. During the pandemic, she enrolled at Central Saint Martins for a masters degree in Art and Science to, observe, interrogate and refine her artistic practice. She graduated with a distinction, winning a high commendation for the 'Maison Zero, this earth ' award by LVMH for sustainability.
- Humpty Dumpty version 2.0 Humpty Dumpty version 2.0. ( 15 cmx10 cm) is a sculpture of a woman made from decaying eggshells that have been recomposed - Humpty Dumpty has been 'put back again' into a new avatar of a woman. She is an icon of regeneration, sustainability and optimism that order emerges from decay and crisis. The new world that emerges from our climate crisis, like Humpty Dumpty Version 2 is unlikely to resemble our existing world. Process to make Humpty Dumpty V2.0 After washing, drying, grinding
- Pathways of lightOne evening, as I walked down my street, overcome with a feeling of hopelessness - everything in my world had cracked I happened to pass by a heap of rubbish where someone had discarded eggshells. I stopped and stared at it. Unknown to me at that time, this was the moment, 'Pathways of light' was conceived. It is made with decaying materials: waste eggshell and broken mirror sheets This year in June, 'Pathways of light' hung at Granary square won the highly commended 'Maison zero, this ear
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At Deutsche Bank, i was the global head of Economic resources in trading. In this role , i had to analyse and assess the shifting needs of the business and plough resources to maximise impact. There were times when capital was scare, other times when liquidity was key and yet other times when sustems and technology were the material resource. The bottleneck resources often shifted - the job required me to strategically evaluate these changing needs, innovate and take risks so that the business flourished.
Maison Zero, this earth- higly recomeended award for sustainabilityLVMHThis award was for my work 'Pathways of light displayed at Central Saint Martins , Granary square, London. 2022