I was fortunate to have spent five formative years during my BFA at Visva-Bharati University, Santiniketan, founded by Rabindranath Tagore. The school’s visions of love for nature, freedom of heart and mind, critical thinking, and enrichment of Indian culture through Art all became part of me. This holistic approach to the way of life greatly shaped my artistic personality forever. (see Rabindranath Tagore on Education.)
As an immigrant artist, my work is constantly informed by my existence between the two cultures. Most often I find myself drawn to my roots, and I strive to explore and express the complexity of cultural identity and belonging in my work.
My nostalgia about growing up in India and travelling around the world are constant themes in my art. With my own personal memories, emotions and cultural background, I want to motivate people to reflect on their own connection to childhood memories and places. I am constantly inspired by the beauty and diversity of our planet and its inhabitants. I believe through my art I can raise awareness about protecting our beautiful planet and the richness of marginalized communities.
My art is like an odyssey for me through the passage of time honored techniques, traditions and influences. I contemplate on how cultures, countries are bound together by the warp and weft of civilization, how we are wrapped in cloth ever since our inception! My journey of working with fibers continues to weave those cultures together in a multifaceted way.
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