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KANCHAN THAPA







All of my work has a rough edge to it; sculptures are not quite steady, paintings are dripping and don’t have clear edges, pigment comes off to the touch. This is my attempt to reflect how my memories of Nepal are; ever changing and imperfect.

Central to my work this year has been my memories of Nepal. My parents emigrated to the UK in the 1970s but we visited Nepal regularly. The vivid colours, the scents and the sounds resonate in my head all the time.






Temple Print #1 40x59cm
linoprint on paper


Like a Polaroid picture, memories fray and fade. Through my work I have explored the idea that memories are transient and distort over time. At the beginning of this year, I explored this idea through sculpture, collage and painting. I used pigments used in prayer to paint pictures of temples and Buddhist stupas. I used these pigments to cover my sculptures, creating a blast of colour, which is so prevalent in my memories of Nepal.




Meander Collage 50x70cm
fabric, dried food, magazines, cardboard

Yellow Stupa 23x40cm
newspaper, yellow pigment, glue, cardboard



The fluttering flags on stupas, the colourful materials used in blouses, saris and traditional hats inspired me to cover my sculptures with material and to go into lino printing onto cloth, using bright colours and collage.

Coronavirus has meant that I’ve had to adapt my practice to my home environment. My children are now with me 24/7 and with limited materials and space, rather than carve out time for art, we’re now working as a collaborative team.






We’ve created sculptures out of recycled materials to reflect our memories of Nepal; recording our process with photos and videos. Our practice has given us a physical, mental and emotional space to experience an exciting new way forward during this very different time.

Slot Sculptures 30x20cm each
cardboard and acrylic paint



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chris.hough@citylit.ac.uk    /  fine art 2020 city lit london  /    amanda.knight@citylit.ac.uk