About the Exhibition


Artisera is thrilled to present Rakhee Shenoy’s debut solo exhibition. Presence of Absence is a body of work by Rakhee Shenoy that explores the “dreamlike comfort of imaginary elsewheres", encouraging viewers to question their perception of reality, and embrace the allure of imaginary realms. Rakhee’s artistic practice aims to bridge the gap between art and design as she combines drawing, painting, digital art, and embroidery to create unique mixed media artworks.
By blending two and three-dimensional imagery, incorporating objects and interiors, and integrating fantastical backgrounds, this body of work invites viewers to immerse themselves in a state of comfort. It implores us to remember that even in solitude, one can find solace and company in the world's delicate marvels. The mixed media artworks challenge one’s perceptions, inspire imagination, and remind one of the transformative power of art to create new realities that transcend the limitations of the world. By confronting the confluence of reality and dreams, the series prompts one to reflect on the socio-political situations that influence our yearnings and aspirations. Rakhee's work delves into the power of imagination, allowing individuals to transport themselves to different places and evoke a sense of wonder and exploration.
Rakhee employs varied mixed media techniques to create her artworks. Her process begins by drawing and painting each composition, after which she scans her work and digitally introduces new elements and interventions. The digital artwork or collage is then printed on a canvas, and subsequently hand painted and hand embroidered. Rakhee works closely with a team of embroiderers at her studio to realize her artistic vision.
Central to Rakhee's artistic ethos is her dedication towards creating a unique visual language and pushing the boundaries of creativity.

The Artist Speaks

The inspiration behind this series stems from the idea of reimagining spaces as an escape from reality. The artworks involve a uniquely complex chain of techniques; a collage of hand painting, drawing, digital drawing and hand embroidery, that help translate my vision.

- Rakhee Shenoy

A Floral Connection

Rakhee has a special fondness for flowers since a very young age, and her love for flowers translates into her artworks. Working with floral arrangements is an integral part of Rakhee's art practice, bringing an intimate part of her personality into her work.

  • Rakhee takes pictures of flowers against a white or black background to understand their structure and shape.

  • Over the years, the process of flower arrangement has become a means to discover colours and composition.

I would like the viewers to interpret my artworks in their own way, making each interpretation unique, just like my creations.

- Rakhee Shenoy

A Celebration of Textile


Rakhee’s art is heavily influenced by her textile practice. She seamlessly blends embroidery within her artworks, inviting viewers to explore the depths of textiles as a form of expression, connection, and transcendence. Through delicately embroidered elements executed by skilled artisans who have been with her for many years, she showcases the diversity and beauty of the time consuming craft.

Artist Profile


Born in 1994, Rakhee Shenoy is a textile artist weaving together a rich tapestry of multidisciplinary skills, artistic expression, and a deep commitment to ethical textile practices. With a dynamic background, Rakhee harnesses her expertise to create innovative textile forward mixed media works that push the boundaries of creativity.
Central to Rakhee's artistic ethos is her dedication towards creating a unique visual language. Rakhee's artistry thrives on the fusion of unique mixed media techniques, including handloom weaving, hand embroidery, painting, and digital drawing. The MFA programme at the Royal College of Art, London and undergraduate programme at Srishti MAHE, Bangalore has strongly influenced her ability to seamlessly combine diverse approaches and materials, resulting in artworks that are not only visually captivating but also conceptually profound. Her creations become a canvas for storytelling as she weaves narratives of human connection into each fabric.
Rakhee’s work has been showcased on various international stages. Notably, her work exhibited at the prestigious Z33 Museum in Belgium, Unit 1 Gallery London in collaboration with Sanne Vaassen, London Craft Week in 2022, Hackney Gallery London, and Royal College of Art 2020 show at The Bargehouse London, have garnered attention and acclaim. She has also participated in important group shows in India. Her participation in global art shows has led her work to be published in international publications.
Rakhee's collaboration with internationally renowned luxury brands like Aranyani, Vaya Home and Himatsingka Seide, as well as her freelance projects in the UK for GP & J Baker, Rare Thread, Zoffany and many more, showcase her ability to infuse opulence with her unique textile sensibilities. Through her collaborations with artisans and mills, she not only champions traditional craftsmanship but also strives to create a positive impact on local communities. Her work serves as a bridge between heritage techniques and contemporary artistry. In addition to her art and design ventures, she is also a Guest faculty at Srishti Manipal Institute of Art Design and Technology in Bangalore. The artist lives and works in her studio in Bangalore, India.