(b. 1992, Chennai, India; lives and works in Queens, New York)
Gotham City (“Goat’s Town” in Old English), 2020. Gouache, watercolor, acrylic and collage on paper. Courtesy of the artist
Amidst the cornucopia of fresh and affordable produce, in the loud, crowded and narrow aisles of a neighborhood Italian grocery store, I feel echoes of my homeland thousands of miles away. With its fearless and resilient nature, the goat is a symbol of joyful aspiration in my work. Since “Gotham” originally meant “Goat’s Town,” you find goats playing free in a vibrant Queens street corner, the one with my favorite store, signaling a brighter future.