Propeller member since 2015
A mixed media artist and educator, Pria has exhibited her work and designed arts-based programs for over 30 years. Her work is in private collections around the world. She has delivered her programs internationally, receiving acclaim from the Toronto District School Board, the Institute of Child Study at the University of Toronto, and by UNESCO.
Pria holds a degree in English Literature, studied at the National Institute of Design in India, and graduated as an Associate of the Ontario College Art and Design. She also holds a Masters in Education from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education and a Masters in Child Study from the University of Toronto.
My early aesthetic years were spent in India being immersed in fine forms of art that were lived with, worn, and used. I experienced art as accessible and important to people from all walks of life. The culture of the art gallery was relatively new to me when I first settled in Canada. As I evolved as an artist and designer, I travelled the world, lived in the United Kingdom, South Korea and Mexico and continued to examine creativity and appreciation in various cultural contexts. Today, I find myself working at an exciting intersection of diverse understandings, value systems, and ways of sharing art work.
To create my abstracts I experiment with inks, dyes, and naturally sourced substances such as sea alginate pastes and wax mixtures. The marks I make on fine, carefully crafted surfaces (e.g. Japanese Washi, Indian rag-paper, old woven fabrics) encourage an experimental process that seeks and finds subtle patinas for my “memory swatches”. These swatches are visual recollections that navigate between layers of inspiration, memory, culture, heritage, antique textiles, maps, and architectural detail. I also love creating whimsical animal imagery and jewellery inspired by joyous folk traditions.