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installation, oil painting, performative film, digital collage, embroidery

“I investigate and explore melancholia in diaspora using decolonial methods and a return to ancestral knowledge and practices. Through objects and memories that are both intimate and estranged, I wish to consider the effects of assimilation and fragmentation that migrant experiences hold. Using interdisciplinary artistic practices that center performative film, oil paintings, installations, embroidery, digital collage, poetry and short stories, my work is a play on expectations and translations of racialized and migrant bodies. I aim to empower racialized bodies through ritual while celebrating symbols of beauty like the brown skin and the black braid that have been undermined by colonialism, wielding ancestral knowledges as a way of offering, of healing, and of sharing. I wish to celebrate the differences in media and interdisciplinarity to “disrupt” the white cube rhetoric through decoration while evoking a sense of feeling “at home” to honor the mother, the motherland, the mother tongue and rituals lost to the onslaught of overwhelming eurocentrism and patriarchal colonialism. This work that I do is for other brown bodies like mine who may have felt lost in their journeys of crossing borders. Weaving and sharing stories that acknowledge our wholeness and our traumas may lead us in a direction where we might someday feel less sick and more whole in our sometimes exhaustive, stories of home-loss.”

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Par is an Indian born Interdisciplinary maker who lives and works in Richmond Hill. Her art practice and research focus on dual identities, hybrid cultures, and fragmented realities of diaspora. Par is the recipient of Propeller Gallery’s Emerging Artist Award (2020) and Project 31 Drawing and Painting Award (2020). Her solo installation was recently showcased at The Public, Toronto (2022).
OCAD U - Graduate Studies
Interdisciplinary Master's in Art, Media and Design (MA, MDes and MFA)
Major In progress, 2022
OCAD University
BFA Drawing and Painting
Major Completed, 2020
Georgian College
Fine Art Advanced Diploma (with honours)
Minor Completed, 2015

embroidery oil painting performative film digital collage installation poetry and short story writing

2022, dear amma
The public
2022, home sick
Graduate Gallery
2021, diaspora babes
CGAC, online show
2022, Career Launcher Prize
The Public
2021, Ontario Graduate Scholarship
2020, Drawing and Painting Award
Project 31
2020, Emerging Artist Award
Propeller Art Gallery