Drawing 2

Drawing 2

As I have been drawing these patterns, I realized I was using colors that were harmonious. I was choosing colors that would give me a subtle difference in tones. I wanted to create n effect of topographical maps by using concentric lines or circles. It was almost like I was drawing futures for these coffee filters by keeping the past still intact. 





Creating patterns on used coffee filters  with stains as a starting point.

I have been drawing patterns on used coffee filters, keeping the stains that already adorn them in mind. I draw anywhere between 2-8 filters a day depending on how busy the patterns are. Some patterns are drawn with the chiseled tip of studio markers, some are drawn with fine archival markers or some are drawn with brush tips. The used coffee filters I am drawing on are either rectangular or circular. 

For the next few blog posts, I will be posting images of the filters that I have been drawing. The images are partial scans. Since they are going through another process, they may look translucent when they are in the show.


Drawing Experiment 1

Drawing Experiment 1

Drawing on a wet, burnt coffee filter with water color pencils

I burnt a relatively unstained coffee filter to get some direction for the drawing and then wet the filter and drew on the filter while the filter was still wet with water color pencils. I was interested in seeing how much the pencils bleed. Will they maintain sharp lines or just merge into each other.


Coffee Filters – Fine Art

Coffee Filters – Fine Art

I am interested in experimenting and adding other materials under the gamut of fiber/ textiles that aren’t considered a alert of that medium. These materials have some do the similar qualities. One such material is Chemex Coffee Filters. I use them on a daily basis to make my coffee and have been collecting used filters for a while now. They are either circular or rectangular, thin and off white or light sand in color. They are very porous, they absorb easily and they stain easy. Since I am using used coffee filters, I like the stains that are sustained from their primary function. 

For the Emerging Artist show, I am making an installation with these filters, hung from the ceiling, cascading down. Each filter is marked with markers, keeping the stains in mind. The stains give a direction for the drawing and the result is a multi colored pattern. 




Art Studio

Art Studio

I define an art studio in it’s broader form, a physical space that one uses to explore, critically think about and create their art. My studio in it’s physical form, changes from time to time. It is a communal print and dye studio or it’s a lumber workshop or a private room in my home or any space that I use to creatively, progressively think about who I am and what is my art and how it is related to the larger context fo the art world.  The important factor is my art and not the space that I use to create it. I assert that there is a conflict between the formal pressure to demarcate a studio as a separate, formal site and expectation of fluidity that a contemporary artist suffers from.

My work comes from a place of empathy which is cultivated by using stimulus from my surroundings. The work is often presented as installations or as a set of printed Textiles. I create experiential installations, which are tactile and they occupy a three-dimensional space. My work consists of multiple objects that come together to create one larger installation. I am interested in depicting conflict through my work. I use the objects that carry a lot of symbolism. I subvert that symbolism to make the meaning my own. My work occupies the space in such a way that the viewer can have a relationship with installations. My installations provoke and create a space for discussion. I am drawn to different forms of mark making. I am a prolific maker. Layering is an important part of my process as I derive meaning from it. I am drawn to representative as well as abstract imagery. Image making is a big part of my process and I use multidisciplinary approach to create them. I am interested in the themes of queerness, identity, immigrant struggle and hegemony of the binary genders.

Raving Raging Ratings, Monolith 1 and 2, 2016-17. Image by Jim Prinz

Colonial Addiction, 2015

My current studio is a private room in my home. It is equipped with a foldout table and 4 table top print boards that I use to print my fabrics. Space also houses my immediate inventory or art and supplies. space is adequate enough for me to mediate between thinking and making. I usually think through making. The studio also has ample light during the day and is equipped with enough lights to create at night. the studio also becomes a space where I document my work and is a space that I use to read and write, in solitude. I believe that it is important for artists to mark their research, findings, and inferences. I do it through words, pictures, collages or drawings.  when I am working in my studio it tends to get a little messy but when I am leaving the space, I make sure that it is back to what it needs to look like because I need to want to get back to it. I am thinking about inviting other artists and art patrons to my studio and use the space. I believe in learning and living as a community and want to share my space with the arts community around me.

Images of studio clicked on 6/30/18


Pride Month and Art

Pride Month and Art

As many of you may know, people who identify themselves as LGBTQIA, celebrate June as the Pride Month. We celebrate our lives, loves, and identities through the month by being part of various events.

St. Petersburg is no exception. As an effort to establish itself as an art destination, various art venues are celebrating the Pride Month with art shows in large and small scales. I am fortunate enough to be a part of a couple of these group shows and I am showing following works.

  1. Pride & Joy, Mize Gallery.

Diversity Forming the Rainbow, 2015, 33”x27”. Tissue Paper, Cardstock, Ceran Wrap and Mirror.

Gays For Trump are Stupid, 2016, 14.5”x29”. Acrylic and Cotton yarn, woven on a Jacquard Loom.

  1. Pride Pop Up at Morean Arts Center


Post 45 But Still Fierce, 43”x27”. Disperse Dyes Heat Pressed on Organza.

What my studio looks like as I get ready for the parade tonight:



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