I am an illustrator, cartoonist and reportage artist working between New York City and Mumbai. I am currently pursuing my Masters degree in Illustration as Visual Essay at School of Visual Arts, New York. My work explores the theme of processing and documenting human relationships. I am inspired by everyday life and instances of emotional connection between strangers.
I am also very interested in the conversations people have over food. 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 enjoy making patterns, sketching at live drawing events, organizing workshops and giving artist talks. Get in touch if you'd like make something cool together!
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