Aanchal Raisahib was born and raised in India. She received her MFA (Studio Arts) from Syracuse University in 2021 and BFA in Printmaking from Panjab University in 2013. Her work explores the ambiguity that arises from the displacement of cultural context. She creates narratives about her experiences of acclimating to a new cultural milieu, using material that is inherently ‘Indian’. She was a 2021 Chautauqua School of Art residency participant (Chautauqua, NY). Her most recent exhibitions include ‘Future Tense’ by Surface Design Association and a group show at the Governors Island, New York. She resides in Houston and works from her studio.
My work documents experiences of acclimating to a foreign culture while remaining connected to one’s roots. The move from India to the US has been filled with varied emotions such as longing, uncertainty, and otherness. Navigating these emotions, my work utilizes tactile interactions with materials that hold cultural and personal significance. Familiarity of the material acts as an intimate connection amidst the chaos of cultural displacement. Using this intimacy as a foundation, I build new narratives that talk about cultural identity, longing and nostalgia as a means to reclaim my identity. Labor intensive techniques such as embroidery, weaving and knitting offer a language of re-construction. The repetitive nature of these processes, re-imagines material to give it a new form that acknowledges the past while looking towards a future.