Artist Statement: Much of my practice reflects efforts at documenting my everyday; as I construct my identity through the people and things that surround me. The archival nature of photography is important to me as all my paintings are worked from photographs where I primarily use my friends as my subject. This process of painting from photographs helps me frame the urgency of my contemporary experience within the history of oil painting. I wish to examine how the meaning and information content of a photographic image inevitably transforms when it is reinvented as the subject of a canvas to explore “authenticity” and “originality” while referencing various Art Movements. The gaze (and the lack of it) of my subjects is a crucial component as it has the potential to engage and turn the viewers into active participants. I find the relationship between the viewer and the viewed; the muse and the artist fascinating and important to examine. Using my personal narrative, I am able to contemplate on and transpose my reality as a contemporary Indian born Canadian maker. My paintings celebrate mundane domestic scenes, overlooked mannerisms, familiar objects, the banality of the everyday and the beauty in what happens when nothing happens.