A Closer Look Print
13.1" x 16.5"
Available exclusively on Shop.Juxtapoz.com as a timed release, March 25—April 1, 2021.
I was born and raised in India, and as a young girl I quickly realized my body, my actions and my thoughts were public domain; to be judged under a microscopic lens. I moved to the U.S. at 18 and slowly began to claim my privacy, sense of self and womanhood. It wasn’t immediate. At first, I successfully emulated an immigrant’s American dream, spending a few years working in Silicon Valley at various technology start-ups. Over time, I chipped away at the social constructs and ingrained limitations of my cultural upbringing that led me to believe that being an artist was unimaginable. I started painting relentlessly. I painted to unveil the journey of the woman I was not permitted to be, the woman I am, and the woman I want to be.
My work is an examination of my own experiences being an Indian/Immigrant/Other/American/Woman/Artist and navigating this multiplicity of identities. My story is also that of a fractured identity caught between two contrasting worlds, America and India, and belonging in neither. I am fascinated by how a woman’s outer world—built by her history, cultural context and sociopolitical environment—shapes her inner world. I am motivated by depicting raw and honest portrayals of women and their internal mindscapes while deconstructing the myths surrounding the role of women. Ironically, my work reveals what I have spent years trying to reclaim from the public sphere—private, sacred moments born from the intersection of memory, history, identity and influenced by contemporary experiences and environments. —Anoushka Mirchandani
You can follow her @anoushka