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Inward Identities

Talwar, Vicky (2022) Inward Identities. Masters thesis, OCAD University.

Item Type: Thesis
Creators: Talwar, Vicky

Through a cultural viewpoint on a hyphenated identity, I examine ways of displaying relationships between spaces. My studio and material-based research reveal my personal experience as a Hindu Canadian. I produce paintings, mixed media, and installation artworks using materiality, artist techniques, and experimental processes. As I address themes of cultural hybridity, movement, displacement, and memory, I develop new ways of representing the social institutions, achievements, spiritual symbols, and traditions that epitomize South Asian and Canadian cultures.

I express a conflict of feelings through colour and materiality to create an environment that will encourage healing. By looking at how mandalas are discussed and used in Eastern and Western practices, my investigations include intersecting ideas about the mandala in Hindu and Tibetan Buddhist cultures. I examine how the materiality of salt can be used to accentuate spirituality and convey a sense of displacement within my cultural experiences.

An autoethnographic research approach is used to address hybrid cultural identity as a language, as well as to communicate the aesthetics of material, in combination with spiritual and meditative practices. As I highlight the space between what is tangible and what is a distant memory, I integrate two diametrically opposed cultures to embrace the contrasts of my identities.

Date: 14 March 2022
Divisions: Graduate Studies > Interdisciplinary Art, Media and Design
Date Deposited: 29 Apr 2022 17:29
Last Modified: 29 Apr 2022 17:29
URI: https://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/3606

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