As an immigrant artist, my work is constantly informed by my existence between the two cultures. Most often I find myself drawn to my roots, and I strive to explore and express the complexity of cultural identity and belonging in my work. I contemplate on how cultures, countries are bound together by the warp and weft of civilization, how we are wrapped in cloth ever since our inception.
My nostalgia about growing up in India and travelling around the world are constant themes in my art. With my own personal memories, emotions and cultural background, I hope to motivate people to reflect on their own connection to childhood memories and places. I am constantly inspired by the beauty and diversity of our planet and its inhabitants. I believe through my art I can raise awareness about protecting our beautiful planet and the richness of marginalized communities.
Jamdani weaving, my current art practice, is a revered inlay technique used in India and Bangladesh. The delicate and nuanced thread work in Jamdani creates a sense of ethereal beauty and translucency, which I find deeply inspiring! The shadows produced by interplay of light on the intricate weavings create a mesmerizing depth and movement with patterns and textures. As a contemporary artist, through the use of this traditional technique I aim to create modern, non-traditional pieces that push the boundaries of what is possible with this timeless art form.
My work is deeply rooted in upcycling and repurposing often overlooked and discarded materials. By using these I am not only giving them a new purpose but also bringing awareness to the importance of reducing waste. Through Jamdani weaving and repurposing, my journey continues to weave cultures together in a multi-faceted way.
© Boisali Biswas