Aanchal Raisahib is an interdisciplinary artist born and raised in India, currently working towards an MFA in studio arts from Syracuse University. She received a BFA in printmaking from Panjab University. Aanchal has been awarded by The Chandigarh Lalit Kala Akademi and continues to exhibit her work. At present, she creates narratives that talk about her experiences of acclimating to a new cultural milieu, using material that is inherently ‘Indian’. She is currently residing in Ithaca, New York.
My work functions as a lens through which I document experiences of acclimating to a foreign context while trying to keep in touch with my roots. The experience of moving from one country to another produces myriad emotions of uncertainty, curiosity and longing. The ambiguity that arises from the displacement of cultural context causes both physical and psychological challenges. My work is a reaction to this change. It pushes me to make internal changes that aid the desire for harmony. The familiarity that comes with using material that holds cultural significance acts as a ‘known’ in the uncovering of the unknown.