Using a variety of culturally significant materials, I create interdisciplinary works that explore the complexities and contradictions that arise when cultures intersect and collide. How are societal standards in Eastern and Western societies transforming ideas of tradition? In what ways does being a first generation immigrant’s experience mesh and clash with the classic American upbringing? How does globalism, capitalism, and the exploitation of Eastern cultures challenge and affect the American Dream? My personal narrative and memories weave in and out of these questions, providing a constant stream of inspiration for my practice.
The work takes shape as laboriously manipulated saris, gathered from my mother, engaging in conversations about tradition and values passed down between women. In performative and video works, my body is the vehicle that speaks to the struggles of assimilation as well as maintaining the weight of cultural expectations. I focus on the intersection of capitalism, commodification, and culture, as I question the effects of globalization as well as the nuanced differences between appropriation and appreciation.