TextaQueen is known for using the humble fibre-tip marker (aka ‘texta’) to draw out complex politics of gender, race, sexuality and identity in vividly detailed works on paper. Their* portraiture-focused practice expands across the photographic medium, murals, self-publishing, animations, performance and more to imagine an ever-expanding created universe representative of the psychic survival process of a person of colour amongst cultural and colonial legacies.
Creating in collaboration with other ‘other-ed’ people and via examining their own existence as a person of Indian origin living on others’ ancestral lands, TextaQueen re-frames subjective experiences into critiques of their broader structural contexts, centering representations of ‘marginalised’ identities in complicated states of empowerment.
TextaQueen’s work has been showcased widely including Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane; Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; de Young Museum and SOMArts, San Francisco; Western Exhibitions, Chicago; Elga Wimmer Gallery, New York and Kunsthalle Darmstadt, Germany and a mid-career survey show of TextaQueen’s work toured nationally in 2017 and 2018 via Mornington Peninsular Regional Gallery.
Their work is held in collections such as National Gallery of Victoria, National Portrait Gallery of Australia, Art Gallery of Western Australia, University of Queensland, and Heide Museum of Modern Art.
Residencies include Police Point Shire Park, Portsea; Bundanon Trust, Illaroo; Monash University, Caulfield, International Studio and Curatorial Program, New York; mentorships with Emory Douglas and Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarashina in Oakland, California and a 2017 State Library of Victoria Creative Fellowship.
TextaQueen is represented by Sullivan + Strumpf, Sydney.
TextaQueen currently creates on the unceded lands of the Boonwurrung and Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation.
*Please note TextaQueen’s pronouns are they/them
tq [at] textaqueen [dot] com