Priyageetha Dia on The Colour of Divinity, Evolving as an Artist and Dismantling Patriarchal Structures

OBJECT LESSONS SPACE, September 9, 2019

Priyageetha Dia (b. 1992) is a Singaporean artist whose practice lean towards site-specific installations. Her research stems into bridging the banality of lived spaces and the act of subversion using the female body and gold mediums. She is also known for her controversial public work The Golden Staircase in 2017 and the installation of golden flags at a public housing in 2018. Contributing to the discourse of what constitutes as art in Singapore, Dia continues to challenge limitations with new thinking of art in public spaces. Dia has been actively showcasing her works since 2017. In January 2019, she was presented with IMPART Visual Artist Award by Art Outreach Singapore. 
Dia was the centre of public attention following the installation of two artworks in 2017 and 2018 respectively. Ever since her works ignited ferocious and dynamic public debate, the artist has not slowed down. Her works have been exhibited multiple times since, and she has snapped up some awards along the way as well. We speak to the inexhaustible artist about the beginnings of her relationship with gold as a material, her inspiration, and how she’s evolved.