1. I’ve Arrived (2020) – acrylic, wood, ceramic; 36 x 34 x 6 in.
2. Curved (2018) – mixed media and acrylic on panel; 16 x 12 in.; 8 x 8 in.
I am an international artist exploring the sentiments of belonging, loss, and ultimately acceptance of the liminal space as home.
Working in an interdisciplinary art practice- I employ media of paint, ceramic and laser cutting to balance my love for tactile hand-built objects, mindless repetition and the precision of machines. Multi-lingual text, vivid bold palettes, and dense texture often find their voice within my work.
As a first-generation migrant, I create paintings of people in motion, laboring over the every day. Having spent a decade away from my homeland- my paintings have taken on a storytelling narrative of the life of a migrant. I explore my own immigration history and study borders as layered abstract spaces in which the in-between embodies both cultures. I reflect on themes of identity, migration and acceptance as a catalyst for dialogue and creating cross-cultural understanding. I aim to connect multiple generations of women through object-making as I direct the construction of certain sculptures by inviting my mother and daughter to participate with their labor and build a thread of family history as legacy.
My work is both intimate and voyeuristic as I allow the objects to hold the memory of what used to be whilst trying to create a vision of what is to come.
© Tulika Ladsariya