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11.5" x 17"
The digital images in Dangled-Up are hybrids: my face
and body placed into unreal environments. I have placed myself into
an atmospheric space, portraying a dreamy/hovering sensation. This space
These images relate to my identity, and living in North
America in a constantly changing urban environment. I am of mixed heritage
and have identified with both 'sides' (South Asian and Irish American
- raised in Canada). I feel displaced but a security exists within this.
A floating in-between feeling. I refer to 'popular culture' in my work,
as North America is always in the process of creating itself. Within
this culture are many individuals are who linking directly to strong
traditions and cultures of 'other places'. This displacement that we
face, requires re-inventing, re-creating and at times artifice.
In the end I want these to be strange yet beautiful illusions.
They are somewhat surreal.
|Neena Arora has been creating installation works and performances
since the time that she left Ontario College Of Art And Design in
1993. She has shown with SAVAC and other artist collectives in and
around Toronto. Primarily her work references issues of identity
and the body. Upcoming group exhibitions will be held at the Art
Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, and the Queens Public Library Gallery,
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