Mrinalini (Supermrin) is an artist and educator of Indian origin working at the intersections of architecture, art and design. Her practice is an anti-disciplinary exploration of space that seeks to reconsider the ways in which urban landscapes mediate human relationships. Through radical re-conceptions of site and experience, she creates installations and environments that seek to shift perceptions, beliefs and assumptions about the nature of the physical world.
Supermrin trained in Exhibition and Spatial Design at the National Institute of Design, India and worked within the architectural landscape of the National Capital Region of India as the Head of Research and Design at Abaxial Architects for 8 years before moving to the United States for an MFA degree from the San Francisco Art Institute, California. In 2015 she founded Streetlight, an ongoing experiment with large scale art and design experiences.
Recent art exhibitions include, include As Though it Rained from Stars (2018), Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, CA, Distance (2017), The Old Mint, San Francisco, CA, Willing (2016), Diego Rivera Gallery, San Francisco, CA, Things in Color, Shaking (2016), Swell Gallery, San Francisco, CA. Key art residencies include the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design Fellowship (2018), the Graduate Fellowship Residency Award at the Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito (2017), and the Emerging Arts Professionals Fellowship in San Francisco (2017).
Select exhibition design projects include Akshara, Crafting Indian Scripts (2013), installed at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris, India at 100 (2011) a design festival and research-led exhibition at the Visual Arts Gallery, New Delhi that culminated in public participation towards a Charter for Indian Urbanity through the 3 imperatives of ecology, identity & equity. Key architecture projects include the design and planning towards 3 World Trade Centers in the NCR, and an orphanage for the Salaam Baalak Trust as a participatory project with resident children (2010).
Supermrin has served as visiting faculty at the National Institute of Design, India and and has facilitated workshops on public art, place-making and community building, including an intensive public education workshop on creative place-making titled Audible Landscapes of Mehrauli concluding in a community led public installation at the historic district of Mehrauli in Delhi. She presently lives in Brooklyn and teaches in the School of Art at Pratt Institute.