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Interdisciplinary Visual Arts

Layla Gonaduwa on Home-Not-Alone Residency in Sri Lanka

Layla Gonaduwa

Layla Gonaduwa from Colombo, Sri Lanka is one of the awardees of studio residency Home-Not-Alone residencies awarded by Pro Helvetia.

What is a residency without travel? How can residencies and artistic exchange continue, especially in a time of no travel? Following reflections with Pro Helvetia offices across the world, we have embarked on a project called the ‘Home Not Alone’ residencies. Here, artists across the world, including Sri Lankan visual artist Layla Gonaduwa, aim to realise projects while “staying at home”.

Layla is a self-taught, interdisciplinary artist, who has moved towards a more conceptual art practice in the last five years.
Her concepts are inspired by the politics of human perception, personal journey of self and corporeal memory through a cathartic creative process.

Layla’s work history includes enamel sculpture, woodcut print, paintings, video performance, installations, text-based art and poetry from her own diaristic annotations, fantasy and lore.

Follow Layla’s three-month journey with Pro Helvetia on her blog Facing Maha.

Follow Layla on instagram at @readandseed

Follow the hashtag #homenotaloneresidency for more on Home Not Alone residencies.