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I am an illustrator, cartoonist and reportage artist based in Jersey City. I make comics to process my life and document instances of emotional connection, and conversations people have over meals. I also just like drawing people while they eat.

 

I am interested in why people form specific associations with food during childhood. And how their relationships with food play out in their lives. My work explores how in cultures with a history of migration and colonial trauma, food is used as a tool of communication, and how sharing a meal or food resources fosters intimacy, connection and a sense of community between strangers. My work explores these questions through drawings on location, gouache paintings and illustrating the interviews I conduct, through the format of comics zines and graphic novels.

 

I am currently teaching Drawing and Image-Making courses at Parsons School of Design. I have previously been a guest speaker at School of Visual Arts and Rutgers University .

 

I also enjoy making patterns and putting things into aspic.

Get in touch if you'd like make something cool together! 

 

Follow me on Instagram : @TheJackfruitSlayer
 

CV

EXHIBITIONS:

Frick Fine Arts Library (Zine Collection)
Space Gallery, Portland

Zanbeel Art Gallery: Mapping Out A Field
Rendez-vous Carnet Du Voyage
(Travel Illustration Festival in France)
Comic Arts Brooklyn
Toronto Comic Arts Festival
MoCCA Arts Festival
Pittsburgh Zine Fest
Printed Matter NY
NY Independent Art Book Fair
Jersey City City Hall

Women That Rock
Vancouver Comic Arts Festival
SVA Gramercy Gallery
School of Visual Arts Book Show
 
Panels To The People
Carousel : Quarantined
12th Street Journal
Push Pull
OCD Chocolate
Smush Gallery
Greenpoint Gallery
Parsons Gala
Secrets Risograph show (Hamburg, NYC)
Optikal Asylum (Mumbai)
Kulture Shop Mumbai
Domino Books

EDUCATION
 
Parsons School of Design
B.F.A in Illustration 2019,
Dean’s List, GPA: 3.95
 
School of Visual Arts
M.F.A in Illustration 2021,
Merit Scholarship Awardee 2019, 2020


AWARDS

ADC Young Ones Portfolio Award 2021
D&AD New Blood Portfolio Award 2021
Paula Rhodes Memorial Award for Exceptional Achievement in Master's Program 2021
MoCCA Arts Festival Awards of Excellence 2021
SVA Alumni Scholarship Award 2021

SVA Merit Scholarship 2020, 2019
Departmental Honors at Parsons Graduation
Nominated for Will Eisner Scholarship
Parsons Learning Portfolio Contest
Parsons Sketchbook Contest
All India Rank: 31/50000 in the 2014 NIFT
(National Institute of Fashion Technology Entrance Examination) 

CLIENTS

D & AD X Accenture
Spotify 
X Acrylicize
Committee for Children
Clos du Bois Foundry Creative Lab at Meredith Corp
The New Yorker Magazine
JinglePunks Anthem Entertainment iHeart Radio
Uber India X Gaysi
Madame Poupon
Aval Cider
529 Collective
SPACE Gallery
Zanbeel Art
Table Talk

Gaysi 
Pratham Books

Bombay Municipal Corporation
Institute of Psychiatric Health
Rendez-vous Carnet Du Voyage


PUBLICATIONS
 
The New Yorker
Food & Wine Magazine
PRINT Mag: Graphic Design
Paper Planes 

Fruition: Space Gallery
The Nation: Opp Art 
PRINT Magazine: The Daily Heller 
American Illustration 38
American Illustration 41

Paper Planes: Eye Candy (Interview)
VICE
Spring 2022: Cake Zine Vol 1

Tampon Rock
Seattle Times
Hollywood Life
The Comics Beat 
TCAF Digital Showcase
致美ARTS (Zhimei Arts)
12th Street Journal Art
12th Street Journal Fiction
Smoke Signal 
Beholder Magazine Issue 2
Beholder Magazine Issue 1
The New School Free Press
Speciwomen Magazine (Interview)
True North Country Comics Podcast (Interview)
Vagabomb
Gaysi: InstaQueers You Should Follow


LANGUAGES

Fluent in : English, Hindi, Marathi
Beginner in : Bengali, French