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Brooklyn NY US
Updated: 2021-07-07 18:16:18

STATEMENT OF WORK

My art resume is blank for last 5 years. In 2013 I quit art world. I didn’t have a bad start, I landed a gallery upon graduation with shows, residencies, and a visiting professorship. But I realized I had lost connection to my work as I was trying to figure out how to succeed in the art market. I promised myself that I will go back to drawing only when I can afford it on my own with no need to live off them. Three years later my wish became a reality as I ironically became a data analyst in corporate America, marketing cars, cellphones, cat food, bath supplies to name a few. Since then I go to work every day and sit at my office desk 9-5, do something I am morally against (marketing) and then on Sundays I make drawings.

I draw people like me whose utopian views of life have shattered and feel they have lost to the capitalist system but somehow continue to live, joke, survive and dream. In my drawings I try to give back sovereignty of humans around me who are consumed by working to survive. In my drawings I want to give fellow humans the option of having their back to the camera, to hide their lives from the observer, to keep something for themselves in the world that has stripped them of privacy.  I want to show how tired they are without making them ask for attention. I want to show their lives, their pains without objectifying them. Then I give drawings away as gift or exchange, hoping the drawings bring relief to their lives.

This art statement is true as of July 2019.