Uma Rani Iyli
Time-based meditative processes such as repetitive patterning and marking, weaving and stitching inform my art. Inspired by process, I used various tools sourced from everyday life to create my paintings, fiber work, installations and photographs. Bright and vibrant colors from my East Indian roots inspired by traditional Sari’s are transformed into new constructions used as source material. Examining ancient cultures and with a focus on notions of women’s work, my scalable work investigates linking these practices with our contemporary context. Each line that crosses another echoes traditions of weaving and storytelling from my heritage while simultaneously representing the networks of technology that we depend on daily.
Born in Bangalore, India in 1974, Uma Rani Iyli’s studio practice has been based in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1996. She received her foundation art education at the College of Fine Arts, Bangalore. At twenty-one, she moved to United States and continued her studies at California College of Arts graduating in 2003 with a BFA in Sculpture. In the past few years, Uma’s career has launched with various nationwide exhibitions including the New York Chelsea based JanKossens Gallery, Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, and stARTup Art Fairs in San Francisco & Los Angeles. In 2018, Uma’s work has been featured by the Zellerbach Foundation and highlighted as one of three Under The Radar contemporary artists by ArtSlant. Most recently, New York based Vogelsang Gallery launched her work at Miami Scope Art Fair, and she was nominated for the 2018 TOSA Award by Minnesota Street Project and nominated for the 2019 SECA award by the SFMOMA. This spring, her fiber works were featured in the exhibition “Woven Stories” at the Lancaster Museum of Art and History.
Uma has been an ArtSpan Artist-in-Residence since 2016 at the San Francisco Journal Building Studios.