Curriculum Vitae, Resume, & Artist Statement

Artist Statement

At the present time, my focus is on autonomy, extraction, time, space, chaos, functionality, minimalism, and subliminality in my writing and visual art practices alike. I am also putting the finishing touches on my cross-genre, experimental, multimedia M.F.A. thesis manuscript (titled Into Oblivion), developing an existentially compromised world for my Sad, Lonely Alien by employing a variety of methods, deconstructing the literary criticism of J.R.R. Tolkien in order to develop a Science of Wraiths., and collaborating on a hybrid-experimental collection titled Pink Light Suicide.

On a related note, there is no departure from my identity as a marginalized person — nor would I ever want there to be. I am proud of who I am because it is a thorough manifestation of where I come from. Not only do I allow my South Asian brownness, sexuality/gender queerness, Jainism, bipolar disorder, C-PTSD, OCD, and ADHD leak into my work, but I also create with the intent of having these things determine it. Sometimes, this even means recreating or repurposing classical works that were written for the white, cishet man (by the white, cishet man) and trying to open up avenues for those of marginalized genders, as well as BIPOC, queer, and disabled people like myself. There is a light tendency towards finesse in my work, yes. However, there is also a major focus on embracing my inner chaos and authenticity. So much of this is about not bending myself to fit the standards of the oppressor. 

Erasure is such a major issue marginalized people deal with — erasure of our histories, our voices, our ancestors, and various other things. Therefore, and as I mentioned before, I am currently deconstructing Tolkien on multiple levels, justified by an alternative timeline where the likes of my speaker and Tolkien are instead [poet-]physicists. While this work has a strong textual foundation, there are also a number of visual elements to it as well— ones that require a challenging combination of the fantastical, the authentic, the technical, the creative, and the methodological.