ARTIST STATEMENT: My works invite dialogues on the interplay between culture, religion and the self. They endlessly explore questions on impermanence, cultural identity and personal qualities such as love, loss, and inner-strength. I draw inspiration from Indian culture and its age-old religious and community practices. I use ephemeral materials in my art; their impermanence reflects the transitory nature of material existence — a core Indian belief. I work both on the canvas and on the floor, and they together become installations that provide two perspectives for self-reflection.
When I work on the canvas I paint using permanent materials like acrylics, oil pastels and mixed media. Textures are an integral part of the image and are created using tools from everyday life like a comb, a ruler or a stick. They come from either combing the wet paint; making paper collages or creating 3D like projections by squeezing out blobs of paint into linear lines. The canvases hold luminous colors of red, yellow, orange and blue and are mostly on long un-stretched pieces of cloth or paper that hang vertically or lay horizontally merging with the art on the floor.
On the floor, I work with materials such as rice flour, sand, and spices, and my artistic expression takes the form of a daily ritual. I turn into a performer drawing inspiration from my core spiritual beliefs and work with traditional Indian tools and new tools that I design. Such ephemeral art is site-specific and is recreated every day or for a special event.