As a first generation Indian American, I am continuously exploring the dual discourse between my Indian ancestry and my contemporary American experience. I use everyday and culturally specific materials such as ghee, dirt, sequins, glitter, Indian rangoli powder, spices, salt and rice to evoke the sensuality, spirituality, and social connotations of everyday life in India. Considering public social interactions imbedded with cultural connotations, I am interested in examining elements of my cultural background to construct site-specific devices that encourage public interaction and allude to time, history, rituals, and natural forces. Deconstructing the notion of fixed identity through materials and process, I aim to reconstruct a version of self that transcends cultural traces and simultaneously magnifies them.
Building upon these materials and process, I am interested in incorporating aspects of movement, gestures, time, and space in relation to Hindu philosophy and the general immigrant experience in America to further examine the concept of identity in the global twenty-first century.