Volume Four, Issue 3

Fireeaters: Series

Uday Dhar


Artist Statement

I started these drawings at the end of 2019, but have reworked and completed them over these past months in isolation at home.

As an immigrant to the United States, questions about belonging and pride that I feel for this country are always present. What I want to explore in my work is how can something that is familiar be transformed to create new readings. The drawings take the structure of the US flag as a foundation. A rigid framework is transformed by new marks to create a new structure...Deliberate acts that reimagine that structure.

Uday Dhar: "I was born in London, UK, but spent my childhood in Patna, India. In 1971, my family immigrated to the United States. I have lived mostly in New York City, except for 4 years I spent in Berlin, Germany.

My art practice is about finding visual expression for the dynamic forces that define the experience of immigration and the challenges of integration."

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