A native of Los Angeles and the first generation daughter of a Pakistani Zoroastrian father and German Catholic mother, I am a multidisciplinary artist and writer whose work focuses on themes of immigration, war and resistance, histories of colonialism and racism, the Holocaust, poverty and consumerism, cultural displacement and multi-generational transmission of trauma. My full-length one woman shows include “Currywurst: Not For Europeans Only"; “Menstruating In Pakistan: When I Was the Foreigner" and "This Arundhati, She Is Always Complaining," comprised of South Asian women's monologues connected by food politics.
As a South Asian theater practitioner, I am a founding member of the South Asian Theater Arts Movement (SATAM), and have worked with other Asian and South Asian artists in various ensembles. As an activist and educator, I have worked with the Los Angeles chapter of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom to develop and implement Children's Peace Camp; taught crafts within the Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department; and taught gardening, theater arts and ESL within the LA Unified School District. I have been active in protests on behalf of immigrant and human rights, and in resistance to war and police brutality, including facing the LAPD during the 1992 L.A. Uprising.
My art and craft include working with textiles and fibers such as wool felting, and creating botanical installations and interventions to provoke joy, support wildlife forage and disseminate cultural information.
I live in Northern California with my family, and count sightings of egrets, herons and hawks as auspicious events. . Currently I am researching an MA thesis on Poet-Mentorship, and completing a memoir about composting.