Artist Statement In my performances and installations, by multiple aids I try to create channels to invoke ‘sense of freedom’ and understanding of the world I live in. It is not a mirror image of life, but an interpretation of my life and circumstances. In doing so, I feel independent, powerful, and more than anything else, I feel at home. The present body of work explores how the experience of swaying between the cultures has altered the meaning of home for me. It speaks through my baggage of experience and pulls out the questions related to cultural identity. My work draws from the familiar images of war, fused with everyday struggle in so called combat free zone. Through encrypted images the work delves into the integral relation of home, security and sense of belongingness. I do believe we all leave our mother’s womb, the prime, safe, secure home and immigrate to this world for a reason. The transition speaks about how throughout our life we keep looking for a validation/ a stamped passport to be legal citizens of this world. In order to become homogeneous we live life on predetermined terms and conditions, bypassing the sole reason of immigration! Ironic as it sounds in the chaotic situations someone from inside our own body taps to remind us- “we came here with nothing and will be going empty handed, so why not to live with freedom and joy.

Born in India, Pallavi immigrated to USA in 1997. She received her BFA and MFA from the Faculty of Fine Arts, Baroda, India and her Ph.D. in Art History from India's National Museum Institute of History of Art and Conservation. She is a multidisciplinary artist and her research interest concerns Asian American women's cultural production, feminist pedagogy and activism. She has exhibited her work nationally at various venues including the Queens Museum of Art, Aicon Gallery, NY, Bishop Museum, HI, and Women Made Gallery, IL, College of Integral Studies, CA. At present, she is a Board member of Asian American Women Artist Association (AAWAA) and Director of ‘Inner Eye Art’ an Art Consulting Firm specializing in South Asian Art.
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