Much of my practice reflects efforts at documenting my everyday; as I construct my identity through the people and things that surround me. The archival nature of photography is important to me as all my paintings are worked from photographs where I primarily use my friends as my subject. This process of painting from photographs helps me frame the urgency of my contemporary experience within the history of oil painting. I wish to examine how the meaning and information content of a photographic image inevitably transforms when it is reinvented as the subject of a canvas to explore “authenticity” and “originality” while referencing various Art Movements. The gaze (and the lack of it) of my subjects is a crucial component as it has the potential to engage and turn the viewers into active participants. I find the relationship between the viewer and the viewed; the muse and the artist fascinating and important to examine. Using my personal narrative, I am able to contemplate on and transpose my reality as a contemporary Indian born Canadian maker. My paintings celebrate mundane domestic scenes, overlooked mannerisms, familiar objects, the banality of the everyday and the beauty in what happens when nothing happens.
Image 1: dave, 2019, oil on canvas, 24 inches x 30 inches Image 2: sammy, 2019, oil on canvas, 24 inches x 30 inches Image 3: sam in her room, 2020, oil on canvas, 30 inches x 40 inches Image 4: brody on my couch, 2020, oil on canvas, 30 inches x 40 inches Image 5: send noods, 2020, oil on canvas, 30 inches x 40 inches
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