Potnis received her BFA and MFA from Sir J.J School of Art, Mumbai, India (1995/2002). Her multidisciplinary work spans painting, installation, sculpture and photography and investigates the porousness and interpenetrability of boundaries and binaries such as inside/outside, public/private, natural/engineered, and has been shown to critical acclaim in India and internationally in various museums/institutes, including Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China (2012); Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, Poland (2011); Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania (2011); MAXXI National Museum of XXI Century Arts, Rome (2011); Lyon Museum of Contemporary Art, Paris, France (2011); HEART Herning Museum of Contemporary Art, Denmark (2010); Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo, Norway(2009); Essl Museum of Contemporary Art, Austria (2010); KHOJ International Artists’ Workshop, New Delhi (2009); KHOJ International Artists’ Workshop, Mumbai (2005); National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai (2002). Solo exhibitions include time lapse, The Guild (2012), Porous Walls, The Guild Art Gallery, Mumbai (2008); Membranes and Margins, Em Gallery, Seoul (2008); walls- in- between, The Guild Art Gallery, Mumbai (2006).
Her work has been featured in significant publications including ‘The KHOJ Book of Indian Contemporary Art: 1997-2007’, Editor Pooja Sood (HarperCollins India Original, 2010); ‘I’m Not There: New Art from Asia,’ Editor Cecilia Alemani (The Gwangju Biennale Foundation, 2010); ‘Younger than Jesus: The Artist Directory’ (New Museum and Phaidon, 2009).
Potnis is also the recipient of the major awards including the Sanskriti Award for Art (2010), the Inlaks Fine Arts award (2003-2004), and the Young Artist fellowship, from the Indian National Department of Culture (2001- 2003).