My work explores the effects of colonialism, while attempting to celebrate minority or oppressed groups. It reflects the complex history of India and the misconceptions that perpetuate about colonial history. My inspiration is drawn from the parts of my maternal background that includes Sikhism and India. I am specifically interested in textiles, iconography and architecture that runs through Indian history. I have been making 3D pieces in textiles, wood and ceramics to present, celebrate and explore different aspects of this. I have always been a sculptural/installation artist. I enjoy taking something from inside my head and making it tactile and tangible, and think being immersed within an artwork can lead to increased emotion being evoked. I also believe choosing specific materials can help an artwork more closely evoke a culture.
My artistic style is personified by a lack of machines and a distance from photorealism, with pieces retaining a handmade quality. They are often colourful, textured and could be described as controlled chaos. My practice is informed by contemporary artists such as Hew Locke: specifically, his discussion of colonialist issues and commentary on history using bright material artworks with unsettling undertones.
The aim of this practise is to create a body of work which gives a positive introduction to a new culture, whilst also giving clarity to historical events. It values representation in a Western culture, by simultaneously telling a story of oppression, whilst celebrating the beauty in different cultures.