Artist Statement

I am from Nepal, and I have always been interested in representing cultural issues through my art. My early work focused on realistic, feminine figures, through which I conveyed the struggles for freedom and equality that women in Nepal face. After moving to the US I found myself between two cultures – the rich, traditional culture of Nepal and the modern, contemporary culture of the US. I wanted to use my art to blend and contrast these two cultures. My people group, the Newari people, use straw materials to hand weave mats, and I incorporated this traditional weaving style into my art using discarded plastic bags. This developed into my current style, which consists of 2D and 3D installation works, merging traditional Nepali culture with contemporary, western culture. The hand-made woven mats of my culture are an example of a simple agrarian society, where waste materials are used to provide household items. Discarded plastic bags are a sharp contrast, representing a society built on modern materials and consumerism, where each plastic bag is a new purchase. Other objects, including money, credit cards, Nepali fabrics, pieces of clothing, and natural materials are also interwoven into the mats.