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Beginning March 29, 2014 I will have 3 artworks (including the illustration above) on exhibit at The Fridge, an art gallery on Barracks Row in Washington, D.C.. Subcontinental Drift, in collaboration with the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, is presenting an arts exhibition entitled “Be(com)ing Desi in America”. This exhibition will run parallel to the Smithsonian exhibition “Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation”, which will be on display at the National Museum of Natural History from February 2014 through 2015.

Artist Statement for the illustration above: Drunk on blood, Kali danced with destructive frenzy. Often seen as a Hindu symbol of sexuality, violence and death, the goddess Kali, paradoxically, also represents an energetic reality of strength, compassion and unconditional love. As a Hindu, her iconography has been with me since childhood and my parents taught me to revere and fear her awesome power. Her manifestation represents the need to reevaluate one’s own attachments to the illusory qualities of existence. Kali came to me during the demise of a romantic relationship; her imagery pervaded my consciousness and catalyzed the breakdown and separation of my attachment to another person. She represented a container in which the life of my many egos could be reconsidered, reordered and destroyed if necessary. In this drawing, Kali represents letting go, liberation and freedom from self in order to relinquish ego attachments and move forward into a new reality.

Rapid Fire Birmingham

March 2, 2014

Rapid FireOn March 1, I gave a short talk about my drawings and illustrations for something called Rapid Fire Birmingham–I showed 23 images of my work. Here is an image that the host, Amy Pleasant, took of me with my final slide. The talk was structured around a series of ‘mail art’ that I’ve been making since 2010.

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This is an illustration I made for a LGBTQ organization in Toronto. This postcard and poster, promote an art-making workshop for queer and trans youth.

ASAAP – brownkiss.ca

March 8, 2013

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OoHoo

February 20, 2013

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Reaching

January 15, 2013

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