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I am an illustrator, cartoonist and reportage artist working between New York City and Mumbai. My work attempts to process and document human relationships and instances of emotional connection between strangers. I am currently teaching Drawing and Imaging at Parsons School of Design.

 

I am 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! 

 

Follow me on Instagram : @TheJackfruitSlayer
 

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EXHIBITIONS:

Space Gallery, Portland
Zanbeel Art Gallery: Mapping Out A Field
School of Visual Arts Book Show  
Frick Fine Arts Library (Zine Collection)
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
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)