Artist Statement  

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.

Education

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.

Exhibitions

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

Previous Exhibitions

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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