Nimisha Doongarwal is an immigrant from India and an Engineer by profession. This project started 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 colonial 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. Her 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. Her physical marks follow the repetitive process of going between tearing and layering prints, collaging, painting, stamping and adding fabric. The layers vary in sizes, saturations and opacity to emphasize compositions and concepts.
The portraits she creates have a new abstract identity, which emphasizes the cultural and traditional overlap, people around the world went through over the centuries. This overlap has made people extremely similar, irrespective of the varied physical appearances. Through her works she wants to encourage people to embrace cultural diversity and reduce the prejudice and in some cases crime against groups based on color, race, religion, appearance and so on. Her goal is to give a voice to social issues immigrants face around the world, through her art and advocate awareness.
Other than these work she also likes to play around with color and create expression of the world around her. Art for her is also about the fun of making something unknown from a known world.
See images at www.nimishart.com