Choksi works by setting up simple situations and memorable interventions in the lives of everything—from a stone to a plant, from animal to self, from friends to institutions—disrupting logic to open a space for poetry, absurdity, surprise and existential insight.
In short, she gives me a deep understanding.
I don’t believe in a single, invariable self. I am stubbornly, absurdly, amusingly, tragically an ever-changing group of one.
Describe your practice.
A tendency to disrupt the accepted.
“I don’t believe in a single, invariable self. I am stubbornly, absurdly, amusingly, tragically an ever-changing group of one.”
What inspires you?
Sunshine. Tender buttons. Television static. The usual.
Who do you become when you are performing?
I become me and we hold hands. come, let me hold yours, too.
Looking back at the last 20 years of your art, how has it evolved as you have?
I find myself making work that is less constructed and with more seepage, even if I continue to use the T-square and sponge.
Which one of your creations proved the turning point for you?
Recently I tried to copy my kindergarten classmate’s bold drawing in their usual abstract style. I couldn’t quite do it. I enjoyed trying.
“I find myself making work that is less constructed and with more seepage, even if I continue to use the T-square and sponge.”
What is the biggest challenge of being a performance artist?
Lack of stage fright.
What does your work in progress look like?
I am attending kindergarten this academic year as a student.
Text Soumya Mukerji