About the artist.
Having found home in seven cities across two continents, Shweta Sengupta's work explores the notions of belonging with explicit reference to transnational theory and diaspora.Working as an interdisciplinary artist in the field of textile, sculpture and painting she seeks to voice her identity as an Indian women and speak about the contemporization of culture.
By virtue of having mixed parentage with her Bengal Hindu father, Anglo-Indian Christian mother and Muslim American stepfather, her work deals with the negotiation of identity and the role various cultural dispositions play in the verbal and physical manifestations of a person.Examining hybrid identities and the creolized nature by which they operate, she addresses the complexities that lie in cross cultural interactions as well as, culturally and puritanically structured nations.
Text plays an integral part in her sculptural paintings, a form she developed by mixing the Hindi and English alphabet to recreate a language that reads in the English phonetic. As excerpts from her journal, these objects carry with them a sense of vulnerability due to their personal connection. Her sculptural installation, “ Anomalies of the Unhomed” examines transnational identity through the lens of India's colonial textile trade. Viewing their textile patterns as subjects of diaspora who straddle an ambivalent relationship with their home and host country.
Throughout her projects, Shweta plays with historical narrative and physical material to create re-energized objects that are both strong and powerful yet fragile and vulnerable.
Shweta was born and raised across the Indian subcontinent in the metropolis’ of Bombay, Hyderabad and Chennai. She migrated to the United States in 2010 and currently resides in Boston, Massachusetts. She received her Bachelors in Studio Art from the University of Nebraska, Omaha and a Masters in Fine Arts from the prestigious School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University.