Still Life is a slow and meditative approach to thinking about the effects of pollution and toxic waste in water on living organisms. It asks about the beauty and function of mutation as an idea that interlinks with evolution, as an accelerated and synthetic process within the Anthropocene era.
Rajni Perera was born in Sri Lanka in 1985 and lives and works in Toronto. She explores issues of hybridity, futurity, ancestry, immigration identity and cultures, monsters, and dream worlds. All of these themes marry in a newly objectified realm of mythical symbioses. In her work Perera seeks to open and reveal the dynamism of the icons and objects that she creates, whether scripturally existent, self-invented, or externally defined. She creates a subversive aesthetic that counteracts antiquated, oppressive discourse and acts as a restorative force through which people can move from outdated, repressive modes of being toward reclaiming their power.
Her art has been exhibited at Glasgow Tramway (Glasgow, Scotland, 2020), the Phi Foundation (Montreal, Canada, 2020), the Museum of Contemporary Art (Toronto, Canada, 2018), the Museum of Modern Art (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), and other sites. The Art Gallery of Ontario acquired and exhibited one of her artworks in 2019.