ARUNI DHARMAKIRTHI | No Flowers in Eden
Artist statement: Collage - (personal definition), Something that was once whole is fragmented and pieced together in a new context. I am interested in exploring how personal and collective narrative is essential in establishing a sense of identity. In my current process of making, I utilize digital and tapestry collage to explore the formation of self. I use symbols and archetypes based in South Asian and Western mythologies as an initial point to expand and reimagine from. Symbols are a bridge between the ancient and the immediate. To viewers they function like hyperlinks to histories, locations and identities. With this work I want to depict South Asian immigrant imagination using my own experiences, memories and subconscious. The symbols I present communicate transformation, movement, abundance, longing and loss. My fabric works are soft translations of my drawings. Drawing is a way for me to loosely create a narrative on memory and the self. I interpret these drawings into textile mediums. The length and repetition of hand sewing becomes a meditation on the image. I think about my digital and tapestry collages as both vessel and shrine to hold personal and collective narratives.
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