Kaajel studied a foundation in Fine Art at Byam Shaw School of Art. Then she completed BA in Fine Art Painting at Wimbledon College of art. She graduated in 2013 with a first class hons degree. Her work gravitates around themes of her British Asian identity, home, Indian dance and colour; are all common links.
Her practice gravitates around her 2nd generation Indian Gujarati identity. My mother and father moved from India and Africa in the 70’s to England for a different life. A lot of Kaajel’s work celebrates the nuances of that crossover of culture, sometimes in dance, painting, costume or performance art. She believes her multi disciplinary interest comes from her grandmother who was the first artistic influence she had growing up. Her inspiration and purpose to make her creations were all devotional for her Hindu gods but her crafts were eccentric and unusual. Carrying on this culture of celebrating one’s specific identity carries through in Kaajel’s practice.
Kaajels creative outputs are ever evolving as she creatively expresses with dance, sculpture, design, spoken word, nail art, make up, costume, performance art, painting, drag, printmaking, illustration and so on. As of late she has won the ‘Hope Notes Grant’ to make an artwork, her proposal was to make an abstract dance piece finding ‘Hope’ in the strangest of places, focusing on her childhood home and her mother’s beautiful obsessive hoarding.
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