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Alamelu Annamalai’s practice is rooted in the complexities of human nature and social changes, with nostalgia and memory informing her work. Her works focus on the dysfunctions of language and communication used to visualise reality and the dissonance between form and content. Reinterpreting traditional art forms and materials in a contemporary context has continued to underpin her work. She embraces the process as being central to the work. She primarily works with painting, drawing, printing, installations and experiments with multidisciplinary mediums.

She received her Bachelor of Visual Arts from Stella Maris College, Chennai, in 2015, and her MFA in Fine Art from Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, in 2022. Since then, she has had two solo shows and several group shows. Her works are a part of collections both in India and internationally.

As an independent artist, she has worked on several projects for architects and interior designers, publishing houses, marketing agencies, theatre groups, art institutions, and private clients. She has strongly supported social and educational causes with her fundraisers. With her passion and experience in teaching, she has created several courses for children and adults. Her project Duende, created to empower girls from immigrant families through art at The Oxford Academy School, was awarded a Small and Medium Grant by The Oxford Impact Fund. Her research in art therapy led her to create a course for children in 2012 and she studied the impact art had in their academics and behaviour. Annamalai believes education should be inclusive and accessible to all.,

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