Artist Statement

In my performances and installations, by multiple aids I try to create channels to invoke ‘sense of freedom’ and understanding of the world I live in. It is not a mirror image of life, but an interpretation of my life and circumstances. In doing so, I feel independent, powerful, and more than anything else, I feel at home. The present body of work explores how the experience of swaying between the cultures has altered the meaning of home for me. It speaks through my baggage of experience and pulls out the questions related to cultural identity. My work draws from the familiar images of war, fused with everyday struggle in so called combat free zone. Through encrypted images the work delves into the integral relation of home, security and sense of belongingness. I do believe we all leave our mother’s womb, the prime, safe, secure home and immigrate to this world for a reason. The transition speaks about how throughout our life we keep looking for a validation/ a stamped passport to be legal citizens of this world. In order to become homogeneous we live life on predetermined terms and conditions, bypassing the sole reason of immigration! Ironic as it sounds in the chaotic situations someone from inside our own body taps to remind us- “we came here with nothing and will be going empty handed, so why not to live with freedom and joy”.

Artist Bio

Born in India, Pallavi immigrated to USA in 1997. She received her BFA and MFA from the Faculty of Fine Arts, Baroda, India and her Ph.D. in Art History from India's National Museum Institute of History of Art and Conservation. She is a multidisciplinary artist and her research interest concerns Asian American women's cultural production, feminist pedagogy and activism. She has exhibited her work nationally at various venues including the Queens Museum of Art, Aicon Gallery, NY, Bishop Museum, HI, and Women Made Gallery, IL, College of Integral Studies, CA. At present, she is a Board member of Asian American Women Artist Association (AAWAA) and Director of ‘Inner Eye Art’ an Art Consulting Firm specializing in South Asian Art.


Pallavi Sharma (Ph.D) Director- Inner Eye Art - Art Consulting Firm, San Ramon, CA Board Member -Asian American Women Artist Association, San Francisco, CA     EDUCATION Ph.D History of Art – 2001, National Museum Institute of History of Art and Conservation, New Delhi, India, under the guidance of Dr. Ratan Parimoo, M.S university of Baroda M.F.A–1995, M.S University of Baroda, Faculty of Fine Arts, India B.F.A 1993, M.S University of Baroda, Faculty of Fine Arts, India     SELECTED ART SHOWS 2014 Kitch-in: curated by Amy Cancelmo, Richard Rinehart, and Julie Sutherland, Performance work at Root Division, San Francisco, 12th of April Our American Stories by Asian American Artists Exhibition: curated by Judy Shintani, Madeleine Haas Russell Gallery, Rosenberg Library, City College of San Francisco, March 15 -Sept 26 2014 Soliloquy: Performance work at Berkeley Art Center, 15th of February Feature: curated by Weston Teruya, Berkeley Art Center, January 16- March 2nd 2013 The Photographic Self: curated by Carla Williams, Women Made Gallery, Chicago, September 6- October 24 HerStory: curated by Jaishree Abhichandani, South Asian Creative Collective, Taubman Museum of Art, May 28 – 24 August UnderCurrents and the Quest for the Space: curated by Linda Inson Choy, Asian American Woman Artist Association, somArts, San Francisco, May 2- 25 2012 Nomad: Kearny Street Workshop 40th Anniversary show, September 28, Manilatown Center, San Francisco, September 28– December 14 It’s Personal: Los Gatos Museum of Art, October 17 – December 7 (upcoming) Her Story: Queens Museum of Arts, NY, August 11-October 7(ongoing) The Future is NOW: Asian America on its own terms, SOMArts, San Francisco, May 3- 23 Arts of Asia Pacific Show, Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA – February 3- 4 2011 Erasing Borders, curated by Vijay Kumar, Indo-American Art Council, New York, NY Queens Museum of Art, Queens, NY, March 19 - April 10 Charles B. Wang Center, Stony Brook University, NY, April 23-May 27, Aicon Gallery, Aicon Gallery, NY, August 16-September 3 Jorgensen Gallery, Storrs, Ct., September 19 - December 9 A Place of her Own, curated by Cynthia Tom, SomaArts, May 5 – May 26 The Living Past: Innovating Tradition in the Arts, A group exhibition co-curated by Lydia Nakashima Degarrod and Deirdre Visser , California College of Integral Studies, San Francisco, CA, October 28–January 9, 2011 2010 Inner Eye, solo show, Lindsay Dirx Brown Gallery, San Ramon, CA, August 1- 31 Blue Planet: SomArts, a group show curated by Avinger Nelson, organized by Women's Caucus for the Arts, June 19- 26 If Not Now, When: A group show organized by Creative Modern Activism, Bishop Museum, Honolulu, HI, June 25 to September 26 Artistic Transformations: curated by Neal Tomye Madison, Malonga Center for the Arts, Oakland, CA June 7- August 12 A Traveling Tale: Recent works, a solo show, Gallery Route One, Point Reyes Station, CA, April 2 to 9 May 2009 Cultural Memory: Transdiasporic Practices, curated by Pritika chowdhry, Women Made Gallery, Chicago IL, September 4 - October 10 A place of her own, curated by Cynthia Tom, Asian American Women Artist Association, SomArts, San Francisco, CA, September 20 - October 6 Erasing Borders 2009, curated by Vijay Kumar, Indo-American Art Council, New York, NY, A travelling show, March 3 -December 13 Dowd Fine Art Gallery, State University of New York College at Cortland, NY Crossing Art, Asian Contemporary Art Week (ACW) New York, NY Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, Project Space, New York, NY Queens Museum of Art, Queens, NY Gallery at Penn College, Williamsport, PA 2008 APAture 2008 , curated by Lucy Kalyani Lin, Kearny Street Workshop, San Francisco, CA, September 18 –September 27 Rods and Cones: Seeing from the Back of One’s Head, curated by Radhika Subramaniam, South Asian Women’s Creative Collective (SAWCC), Abrons Center, New York, NY, August 7- August 28 Local Voices, Bedford Art Gallery, Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek, CA, June 2- August 31 2007 APAture 2007 , Kearny Street Workshop space180, San Francisco, CA, September18 –September 29 Flash Flood International Video Art Festival, curated by Brookhart Jonquil, The Museum for Poly-dimensional Research, Tucson, AZ, August 4 Bhakti Ball of Love , Collaborative Performance Act, Adobe Art Center, Castro Valley, CA, February 15     PUBLICATIONS Digging: An eclectic anthology of creative writers, Eliza Press Publications, Danville CA, April, 2010 New Beginnings: An eclectic anthology of creative writers, Eliza Press Publications Danville, CA, February 2009 Herstory: An eclectic anthology of creative writers, Eliza Press Publications, Danville CA, February 2008 Encounters : An Easy -writers Anthology, Infinity Limited, Castro Valley CA, February 2007 Heart’s Desire: A poetic complement to Adobe Heart’s Desire show , Eliza Press Publications, Danville, CA, February 2007 Research papers, Presentations, and Panel Discussions Challenging Societal Assumptions and Creating Community: Asian American Women Artists, College Arts Association conference, Los Angeles Convention Center, February 25, 2012 A Place of Her Own: panel discussion, SOMArts, San Francisco, May 14, 2011 Borderlands: A Conversation about Immigration and the Arts, Counterpulse, San Francisco, CA, November 13, 2010 Between the Folds (Film by Vanessa Gould), Post-Screening panel discussion at the San Francisco Main Library, presented by ITVS, KQED, November 18 2009 Asian Studies Conference, WCAAS, University of Boulder, CO, “Dancing in Circles: Representation of Radha in Rasalila Performances”, September 12-14 2008 American Pen Women Conference, Castro Valley CA, December, 2006, “Exploring Mixed Media painting Association of Asian Performance, University of San Francisco, USA, July 2005“Interrelation of Krishna Lila Performance and Sanskrit Dramas” Western Conference of the Association of Asian Studies, University of Phoenix, Arizona, USA, October 10, 2003, “A passage to Heaven: Re-viewing the paintings from the Chhatri of Kusumsarovar, Govardhan” International Conference “Image and Imagery: Borders frames, Limits, Brock University, Ontario, Canada, October17, 2002 “A Sacred Thread: Imaging Ritual space in Krishna Lila performances and Paintings from Braja region” Western Conference of the Association of Asian Studies, Brigham Young University, Utah, USA, September 26, 2002, Brajvilas: A study of Narrative voice and Structure in Krishna Lila paintings from Braja bhumi” X Symposium of American council of South Asian Art, Walters Museum of Art, Baltimore, USA, November 10, 2001 Comprehending Interrelationship: A study of Krishna Lila paintings from Nathadwara and Kusumsarovar” Art History Symposium-The Politics of Art making: Interrogating Power/Courting authority, Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, USA, March 3, 2001 “Meaning and Agendas of Krishna Lila Performances and Paintings from Braja bhumi A research dissertation submitted to National Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, India, April, 1996     RESEARCH GRANTS Junior Research Grant Fellowship, Indian Council of Historical Research, New Delhi, India for PhD Thesis, 1998-99 Research Grant Fellowship, Abraham Alkazi Foundation, New Delhi, India, for research project for documenting “Rasalila performances of Braja bhumi”, 1996-997 Junior Research Fellowship, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, India, for Research project “Krishnalila Paintings”, August 1995 – July 1996   AFFILIATIONS College Arts Association Member of American Council of Southern Asian Studies (ACSAA) Association of Asian Performance (AAP) Member Art Advisory committee of the City of San Ramon, CA from 2004- 2009 Women Caucus of Arts