IAAC Exhibition of Contemporary Indian Art of the Diaspora 2013

Nirmal Raja
Nirmal Raja
        The ephemeral nature of experience and memory is an area of rich possibilities in my work. By using the images of hands and combining them with hand drawn graphite lines, I connect the corporeal and the subliminal. The subtle shimmer of the graphite lines and the small size of the prints, invite the viewer to step close, for a more intimate look. Sometimes the drawings may allude to music and rhythm and sometimes a mental cartography. In some work, there may be images from the past, modified in order to speak to the present.

       In ReCollect, modified and reinvented memories become lingering fragments. They are gathered and pieced together by incorporating snippets of personal video recordings from a summer filled with travel. By eliminating all reference to specific places, I emphasize the fugitive nature of memory. The result is a transformed and reconfigured narrative. This five-minute video loop is usually projected on the wall with a seating area to invite the viewers to sit and contemplate.
       Nirmal Raja is an interdisciplinary artist living and working in Milwaukee, Wisoncin. Born in India, Raja has lived and travelled in several countries. Raja finds her inspiration in the complex relationship between the East and the West. Her work investigates the connections between individual and universal experience and between the corporeal and the subliminal. In her most recent work, she focuses on concepts of time and memory.

       Raja received a Bachelor's of Arts in English Literature in India, a diploma in Graphic Design from the Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia and a Bachelor's of Fine Arts in Painting at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design. In 2010, she received her Master of Arts degree in painting and drawing at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee and will be finishing her Master's in Fine Art this December. She obtained a second place award at the Wisconsin Artists' Biennale and has exhibited in Wisconsin, Illinois, New York and Virginia.
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