Sub-Cultural Charms (self-portrait).
Reclaiming the gothic appropriation of the Indian nose chain while claiming my latent gothic identity. Each of the charms represents my ‘cultural influences’. A baby’s rattle saying ‘It’s a Girl’ about imposing binary gender from birth. The wedding cake normalising heterosexuality, monogamy and marriage. An ABC building block for growing up learning only the colonial language of English. The dollar sign of capitalism. The rosary beads and crucifix of Catholicism, which is also often used in gothic nose chains. The map of India cut out of the map of Australia representing cultural identity seen as racial over locational and my dual identities as (non-Indigenous) Australian and Indian. And a family portrait, invisibly embodying many of these influences.
2013, felt-tip marker, coloured pencil and acrylic paint pen on Stonehenge cotton paper, 96.5 × 127 cm (38 × 50 in). Collection of the University of Queensland.