Academic journal article Frontiers - A Journal of Women's Studies

Artist's Statement

Academic journal article Frontiers - A Journal of Women's Studies

Artist's Statement

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In Fall 2003 I left the life of a commercial photographer in India behind to re-find myself as a graduate student of fine art in Lubbock, Texas. Today, instead of depicting mindless bodies selling toothpaste, I make photographs, drawings, and installations, which are synonymous with my self. They come from inside and grow on the outside, where you are.

While performing as a visual artist, I feel influenced by the literary works blossoming on the conceptual grounds of existentialism and phenomenology. Writers such as Camus, Kafka, Kundera, Nietzsche, Marguerite Duras, Sartre, Beckett, Dostoevsky, and many more provide me with extensive possibilities of life. Through my pictures I do not intend to illustrate these possibilities verbatim, but I do find myself tangentially visiting the ideas that they leave behind.

East Indian philosophical discourse describes the world as "Mithya"--a Sanskrit word meaning an illusion. A similar concept appears in existential philosophy, which considers the world to be an ever-changing construct. The absurdity or meaninglessness behind the activities that I photograph does not invalidate the existence of my subjects; rather, my subjects look involved with such activities with a specific intent, as if they are aware of a secret purpose behind these actions and their results. …

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