My thesis is about investigating and visualizing the idea of being an outsider(dislocated)in society or in a group. Using my own personal experiences and myself as an example I would like to investigate the space of the outsider.According to me, I define being an outsider in a traditional society under four major factors based on color of your skin, the way you dress, the language you speak in India and your personal point of view to approach things.
I was born in Maryland, USA and was raised in Chennai,Tamil Nadu before I moved for graduate school to CCA. Growing up in Chennai with an American passport had it's own pros and cons. Although, I looked like any other Indian girl having the same features the social perception changed when my civil identity was known. Suddenly, the smaller things constituted to this notion of an outsider.
Everybody feels like an outsider at some point in life.Being brown not able to blend in chinese culture or your traditional approach to modern values, your east coaster-ness trying to
adapt to the west coast values or be it your sexual orientation in society : EVERYBODY will feel like an outsider at some point in their life. It is a natural way of living in life and it is organic feeling.
I wish to study this idea exclusively using my personal experiences using shapes and patterns as case studies and later expanding this idea to other materials.
I am not trying the solve the problem of being an outsider or the exotic other but I only wish to create an empathy or a dialogue using this concept. I believe that by using abstract shapes and patterns it will help me inform in depth about the idea of being an outsider. Geometric shapes and forms are universally identifiable, it helps in understanding the concept visually, conveys moods and emotions and provides an framework.
I am looking to share the bigger vision of being an outsider to a broader audience. People from all over the world feel like an outsider at some point. I want them to relate to my work and feel empathic and engage in a dialogue between the work and the viewer.
R&D - Cross Cultural Identities
Paper weaving the pinstripe design
Thread exploration using pin striping (Hot Rod) as a design influence
MFA DESIGN//CCA//2014// Nave-Crtitque// Mid-level-Presentation