As a student of fine arts, I sat through critique sessions and marveled at how the meaning of an art object shifted and changed with each student’s varying perspective. I learned that a fixed meaning of an object is an illusion constructed by a collective consensus. It was this aspect of meaning making that I chose to further explore through my art practice. How can art question the dominant divisive constructs of religion and politics in our world? What visual language can I use to start a conversation about it? Us vs others is the oldest and the most common battle fought on our planet. As a Hindu I am on the “winning side” of the majoritarian politics in my country, India, and a suspect immigrant in the United States of America.
My art practice is composed of visual signifiers derived from both Western and Eastern cultures. I seek to reveal biased perceptions embedded in written or learned histories. The narratives generated by a viewer’s imagination is very much a part of my work, since the elements used in my practice are rooted in historicized and generalized identities and ideologies. My hybrid media practice relies on the juxtaposition and friction between cultural objects rooted in ethnocentrism.