Born in London to mixed Punjabi and English parents. Growing up, I desperately searched for a title as everybody wanted to put me in a box. In fact, being ‘untitled’ has driven my creative process as I began to love and understand further the complexities of my cultural background.
I completed my BA at the London College of Communication, University of the Arts, where I developed my interest in lens based art. At the heart of my work, I draw on my mixed Indian and English heritage for inspiration, placing a strong emphasis on cultural identity and visualising human emotion. I also draw on my physical and emotional experience suffering from a debilitating and controversial illness.
My development process for each piece of work remains fluid and is itself a journey of exploration, focusing not on the medium, but on the energy, concept, process and emotional response to produce work, challenging boundaries with materials and techniques from a palette of fine art, photography and collage.
My work explores the ‘golden’ thread that binds my western outlook with my eastern heart. I see something beautiful in everything that is disregarded, fragmented, weathered & torn. The streets of India especially captivate me. The layers of history intertwine with the moments of daily life. I observe, engage, document, distil & magnify the minutia of these moments to discover a new visual perspective and to enhance the beauty that is found in unexpected places.
2005 BA Graphic Communication Media & Design, Illustration Pathway: specialising in Experimental Image-Making, London College of Communication, University of the Arts London. Grade/2:1.
2004 Foundation in Art & Design, London College of Communication, University of the Arts London. Grade/Distinction.
2019, March, I will be exhibiting at the Asian Woman Festival, The New Bingley Hall, Birmingham. For further information and to book tickets please visit www.asianwomanfestival.com
2019, Currently participating in HALL, The Holloway Art Lending Library, Resource for London www.artlending.org.uk
2017/2018, HALL, The Holloway Art Lending Library, Resource for London, 356 Holloway Road, N7 6PA
2014, 3rd July to 13th July, Best of Salon des Refusés at LONDONEWCASTLE PROJECT SPACE, 28 Redchurch Street, E2 7DP
2014, 19th June to 24th June, Salon des Refusés 2014, Dog Eared Studio, Field Street, WC1 X9DA
2014, 10th January to 24th February, Oh the Places you'll go, the People you'll meet, Resource for London, Holloway Rd, N19
2014, 13th November to 28th January, Women's Work Exhibition, St Luke's Community Centre, Central St, EC1V
2013 12th September to 31st October, Women's Work Exhibition, Resource for London, Holloway Road, N7.
2013 16th July to 31st July, Islington Exhibits, Map Gift Shop, Junction Road, N19
2013 30th May to 10th June, Parallax, Mile End Art Pavilion, London
2011 December to 2012 February, The Larger Picture Gallery, Highgate
2011 Distance Travelled, Time Taken, 9 days art, All Saints Church, Harrow Weald
2011 Summer Salon, Islington Arts Factory
2007 What Haunts You, The Photographers Gallery, London
2005 Not All Those Who Wonder Are Lost, Scholars House, London
2004 A Changed World, Bankside Gallery, London
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