fatspatrol’s influences range from Indian textiles and folk art to Arabic calligraphy and architecture, to comic books, graffiti and a healthy dollop of mythology. Her interest in the natural world and the way human beings interact with it has compelled her to draw and paint birds for the past six years. They are a symbolic means to exploring freedom, hope, resilience, migration, homemaking and behavioral quirks.
Block printing is an extremely important part of Indian craft culture and fatspatrol grew up surrounded by block printed textiles. Her boogie birds are a contemporary incarnation of that ancient art form. Though fatspatrol has worked in a multitude of media in her studio practice, this is her first block printed textile project.
fatspatrol has a BA in studio art and an MA is sociology. During her career she has been involved in everything from commercial projects to youth outreach and has made street art in 10 countries. She currently resides in Toronto.