Aanchal Raisahib was born and raised in Chandigarh, India. She received her BFA in Printmaking from Panjab University in 2013. Currently, she is an MFA (Studio Arts) candidate at Syracuse University. Her work explores the ambiguity that arises from the displacement of cultural context. She creates narratives that talk about her experiences of acclimating to a new cultural milieu, using material that is inherently ‘Indian’. She was a Spring 2020 Turner semester residency participant (San Pedro CA). Her most recent exhibitions include a virtual exhibition by Teaching Artist Podcast (2021) and a group show at the University of Arkansas. She is currently an adjunct instructor at the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Syracuse University. She resides in Ithaca and splits her time between her studios at her residence in Ithaca and at Syracuse University.
My work documents experiences of acclimating to a foreign culture while remaining connected to ones 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.