Coming from India, a country with an extremely rich heritage of art and culture, I have always had a deep-rooted attachment to it's traditional art forms. Adapting to Western styles and techniques, and combining them with my lifelong fascination for ethnic arts around the world, have all been a melting pot for me to create a multicultural canvas.
I spent 5 formative years during my BFA at the International University, Visva-Bharati at Shantiniketan (Abode of Peace) in India founded by the poet, writer, painter, musician, educationist, philosopher, Nobel Laureate (Literature) Rabindranath Tagore. The education at this unique university, Visva-Bharati, shaped my artistic personality forever. At Shantiniketan, the school's visions of love of nature, freedom of the mind, heart and will and enrichment of Indian cultures through the Arts all became part of me (see Rabindranath Tagore on Education.
Through my art practice, I explore personal and collective preservation, restoration, and expansion. My work is indigenous to my inner self, and is a place of solitude, passion and contemplation for me. The final offering is the culmination of a series of wordless conversations between me and my artwork. The subject matter of my work is drawn from my own life experiences, travels, friendships, thoughts and surroundings. By now, I have spent more years here than my birth country. But images, people, places, memories, and moments keep showing up in my subconscious mind and get reflected in my work.
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 an ambiguous way. We are after all global citizens.
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