Durational Painting and Installations
My work blurs boundaries, searching for new intersections across mediums and family generations, mining the malleable narratives of history and identity. My experiences led me to bridge video and painting to arrive at a new format for experiencing a painting as a durational event. I named the process ‘durational painting’. I begin by layering paint in sheets of ice, freezing each layer of acrylic and oil so that they accumulate layers of color and texture. Placing the frozen mass outside, I allow it to melt according to natural weather conditions, filming the process with a tight zoom. This series continues to evolve: as instruments reflecting ambient conditions of the site they are made in: light, temperatures, time of day, location, our climate at large, historic resonance, and as a new context for understanding the practice of abstract painting that calls for deep viewing and appreciating the potential of materials used to act with their own agency. My canvas works are increasingly indebted to this process, relating to specific environments and spaces, investing materiality into a liminal space at the intersection of first generation American identity and the presence/absence of south asian heritage.