statement & bio

BIO

I received an MFA in painting and drawing and an MA in South Asian art, both from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.  My work has been exhibited in Sharjah, UAE, Philadelphia, New York City, Washington, DC, Minneapolis, Denver, Austin, London, and Wales and has appeared in various on-line and print publications such as Hyperallergic, Document Journal, Cultured Magazine, Harpar’s Bazaar Arabia, Entropy Magazine, The Daily Serving, and New American Paintings.  

Recent and upcoming projects include a commissioned project for the Sharjah Biennial 14, “State of the Art 2020” at Crystal Bridges Museum/the Momentary, an installation sponsored by the Denver Art Museum/Biennial of the Americas, a commissioned project with the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, solo and two person exhibitions at Hollis Taggart Contemporary (New York, NY), the Center for Visual Arts, Metropolitan State University of Denver (Denver, CO), K Contemporary Art (Denver, CO) and GrayDuck Gallery (Austin, TX) as well as group exhibitions with Pen and Brush, (New York, NY), the Center on Contemporary Art Seattle (Seattle, WA), and a travelling exhibition with the Art Museum of the Americas, (Washington, DC).  I recently completed a residency at RedLine Contemporary Art, and was nominated for a United States Artist Grant and a Louis Comfort Tiffany Grant. 

STATEMENT

I am interested in giving voice to people whose voices were historically quieted.  Using both my own family’s ocean migrations and research on the period of colonial indentured labor during the 19th Century, I seek to expand our sense of “history.” Re-writing this colonial history contributes to contemporary dialogue by making visible the struggles and perseverance of those who lived it.   I often focus on women and employ practices and materials associated with the domestic sphere such as embroidery, weaving, etc.  I re-imagine vintage and found materials that have a rich history as a way of creating dialogue with the original makers and the time periods in which they were cherished.

My work weaves materials from my own Indo-Caribbean family together with objects from other parts of the world and from other time periods and probes questions of displacement and migration resulting from European colonization. Focusing on this period is both a means of tracing my family’s history in Guyana and India and of fostering discussion around contemporary issues surrounding labor and gender.