Throughout my life I have been surrounded by the intricate aesthetics created by my ancestors. As a young child growing up in Patan, Nepal, my Mother and Grandmother would take me to the Baha/Bahi (Newar Buddhist monasteries). In these courtyards every inch of the beautiful architecture is decorated with plant life, motif design, animals, gods and goddess. This had a deep impact on me as an artist. My ancestors taught me about balance: aesthetically, conceptually, and spiritually.
What we find in our society and around a world today are the consequences of human action causing drastic unbalance for ourselves and our environment. As an artist, I feel, I have a responsibility to call attention to this unbalance. In my recent work I explore human affects on the eco system. Our environment is deteriorating day by day and it is not only affecting human suffering but all sentient beings. I chose to highlight endangered animals but also question how we are linked; we could also become extinct if we do not call attention to prevailing unbalance in our world. In previous works I called attention to the unbalanced nature of women in society. We worship the goddess, and celebrate women’s day but in our social and political spheres women are forgotten. I call attention to this unbalanced nature as well.
Throughout my artwork I let the concept lead to the medium. If the concept I am working on demands three-dimensions, I work in sculpture. I am not limited to any medium and my concepts flow through installation, painting, video, and printmaking as well. In my work, I always build a foundation for the concept by working in symbolic layers. For example, in my paintings the background may appear to be a single color, but upon viewing closer, the viewer realizes the background is made up of many layers of several colors. The idea is that every particle in this universe is not independent from any other. Each drop of paint relates to the next. The one become many and we only observe a general vision. If we were to look at a single drop of paint under a microscope we would only find that the dot is also made of many parts. Thus, there is no independent reality. Everything is dependent upon everything else. I believe that we can only reach our true potential by realizing our interdependent nature. I owe this realization to my ancestors who understood the delicate balance of nature.