"My works are a reflection of life in and outside me...the point of interference is where the shadow of the elapsed congregates the idea of the forthcoming."
Sood’s work lays bare the conditions uniting humanity, but also insists that these include not only fragility but also powers of love, communion, and the creation of beauty. The individual is at the center of Sood’s work, appearing across the paintings, photo-collages, video installations, and assemblages: at times a traveler-figure, venturing out into the unknown, at other times stilled in a state of waiting or contemplation. In all cases, however, the individual strives to make sense of his relationship with his surroundings, which often dwarf or envelop him––dramatizing the dilemma of living within a complex, sometimes paralyzing social and political structure.
Although a distinctive painterly sensibility runs through Sood’s works––quiet, unhurried, absorbing––his oeuvre refuses categorization, often disregarding the limitations of genre or medium. In a similar way, his work resists the demands of linearity or narrative rationality; often weaving the stories and perspectives of others into his art, Sood invites us to engage in an ongoing dialogue and interrogation, both of ourselves and our world.
Born in 1986 in Shimla, India, Kartik received a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts in Painting from the College of Art, New Delhi (2008). After completing post-graduate work in Painting at the Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S.U, Baroda (2010) where he was awarded the Nasreen Mohamedi Scholarship, Kartik continued to further his learning and practice at artist residencies. He was selected for the Gasworks International Studios Residency (2014), London and awarded the Pro Helvetica Residency (2014) and IAAB Studios (2014) in Basel, Switzerland. In 2017 he was selected for project at NTU Center for Contemporary Art in Singapore where he focused on the issue of cultural coexistence in the nation through engagement with local theatre actors, adding performing art to his expanding practice. Kartik’s works have also been presented at the 1st Yinchuan Biennale, and in collaboration with Kadist Art Foundation and Khoj in 2016. His moving image work “Untitled” received the award for the best film “Cutting Edge Category”, at the 2012 Scotland University Film Festival.
He currently lives and works between New Delhi and Shimla, India.
"Informed by his upbringing in the hills of Shimla, in Himachal Pradesh, Sood describes silence, stillness, and a capacity for wonder as interwoven into daily life."