“I don't believe in art. I believe in artists.” Marcel Duchamp

Artist Statement

My art finds itself in a haiku the moment I surrender myself

I am inspired by the dance of the feminine and masculine, its relationship to nature, duality and non-duality. My practice of poetry influences my process as I discover this relationship through different surfaces: physical, digital, paper, canvas, wood, metal, wax, ink, and 4k projections, recomposing the parts to discover a new medium.

I start with no assumptions of the final composition or medium. I often use experimental surfaces, dodge with light and shadows in my workflow, to introspect the shape and weight of a photograph, painting, or mixed media. The good observations come later in a narrative, a discovery that comes alive in a sequence of work, not any work by itself. They remind me of my own duality:

Creation happens when the thinker and the thinking become One.

The recent years (2013-present)

After moving to California, I stopped photography for a few years and expanded into new mediums and printing techniques, including painting in sumie ink, wax, projections, and mixed media. With a new found love for opensource, I resumed photography with a digital medium format camera and a new workflow built mostly on Dakrtable. I make my own prints on Epson P800 and often source custom paper from local craft fairs. For mixed media, I use a variety of medium.

I can't breathe
mixed media
Shakti Rising II
photograph
Shakti Rising I
mixed media
Don't wake me up
painting, encaustic
Silverlight I
photograph
Silverlight II
photograph
Silverlight III
photograph
Silverlight IV
photograph
Third Eye
ink painting
Resurrection
mixed media, rice paper
Hope
photograph
After the fire
photograph
Rain Goddess
photograph
Through the Light
photograph
Resurgence
photograph
✸ shown at gallery
The Window
photograph
Past & the Fury
mixed media
Fire Wind
mixed media and wax
After fire
photograph
✸ shown at gallery
Abandon I
photograph
Abandon II
photograph
✸ shown at gallery
Abandon III
photograph
Do you dream in color?
mixed media
✸ shown at gallery
Memories
mixed media
✸ shown at gallery
Meditation
mixed media, canvas
Shiva Shakti Surrender
painting, handmade paper
Magdalene
mixed media, with caroline holmes
✸ first place, juried exhibition at mendocino art center
Blue sunset
mixed media, with caroline holmes
Gravity, Gayatree Series
mixed media, with caroline holmes
✸ finalist at art show
Parallel worlds, Gayatree Series
mixed media, with caroline holmes
Duality
mixed-media, with caroline holmes
Fairy I, Gayatree Series
photograph
Fairy II, Gayatree Series
photograph
Holy smoke, Gayatree Series
photograph, with caroline holmes
Worship, Gayatree Series
photograph
Awakening I, Gayatree Series
photograph
Awakening II, Gayatree Series
photograph
Surrender, Gayatree Series
photograph
Refuge, Gayatree Series
photograph
Into The Sea
mixed-media, with caroline holmes
Tea time
photograph
Dusk
photograph
Morning Coffee
photograph
Mechanical Dreams
photograph
Make America Think Again, Oakland Feminist Rising 2017
photograph
We Pledge, Oakland Feminist Rising 2017
photograph
I love nasty women, Oakland Feminist Rising 2017
photograph
Awake I
photograph
Awake II
photograph
Zero
ink painting
Cancer
ink painting

The early years (2003-2012)

I started my journey with street photography on a 35mm SLR. Soon, I discovered the work of sebastio salgado, cartier bresson, dorothea lange, and many street and documentary photographers. For over six years I was a part of the Boston Photography center and enjoyed being a part of a sweet community of photographers. It was not until the summer of 2010, where I took workshops with a pulitzer-prize winning photographer, BD Colen, and fineart photographer, David Hilliard that I stopped clicking my camera and started making art.

Curious
photograph
Lonley
photograph
Separated
photograph
Together
photograph
Don't touch me
photograph
The night after
photograph
Alone
photograph
Free
photograph
The Watch I
photograph
The Watch II
photograph
The Suitcase I
photograph, in collaboration with a non-profit in India
The Suitcase II
photograph, a documentary for a non-profit in India
Malaria I
photograph, a documentary for a non-profit in India
Malaria II
photograph, a documentary for a non-profit in India
Under the stars
photograph
Music in stillness
photograph
*Collaborations:
Gayatree Series was done over a period of nine months, in collaboration with Caroline Holmes.