Fighter without color. Mixed media. 12 x 12 cm. NIMISHA DOONGARWAL © All rights reserved.
Nimisha is an immigrant from Indian, and this project starts as a self-discovery to find her own identity and belonging. Mixed media artworks Nimisha creates are grouped inventories of fragments: paintings, photographs, fabrics, and digital prints. The work explores the varying relationships between past and popular culture by referencing Indian and British history. Every image tells a unique story by creating visual links to history and reality.
The work reproduces familiar visual signs and oral histories by arranging them into new conceptually layered collages. Nimisha's methodology is consistent while using a variety of materials and processes in each project. Each piece starts with a curated collection of photographs, fabric, and other materials. The vintage portraits are altered digitally by juxtaposing photos with different transparencies and filters.
Portrait of Colonization. Mixed media. 12 x 12 cm. NIMISHA DOONGARWAL © All rights reserved.
Nimisha's physical marks follow the repetitive process of going between tearing and layering prints, collaging, painting, stamping, and adding fabric. The layers vary in sizes, saturation, and opacity to emphasize compositions and concepts.
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Issue #50 August 2020