Sub-Cultural Charms (self-portrait).
The gothic appropriation of the nose chain is reclaimed in this self-portrait to carry charms representing cultural influences and projections on the artist as a person of Indian origin living in the diaspora. TextaQueen’s profile hangs heavy with capitalism, Catholicism, the imposition of binary gender and heteronormativity, being raised monolingual in the colonial language of English, and the wrestling of ethno-cultural vs locational identity – many of these legacies invisibly embodied in the charm of a family portrait.
2013, fibre-tips, coloured pencil and synthetic polymer paint on cotton paper, 96.5 × 127 cm (38 × 50 in). Collection of the University of Queensland.