I use repetitive patterning and making in my work, like in the ‘Rice Lore’ Installation. This Installation was very labor intensive. I casted over 450 of the ‘rice-like’ forms, until the steel bowl filled up. I used about 1500 feet of steel cable to weave the steel basket. Although the viewer sees only what’s on the surface, steel bowl is filled up with the rice-like forms. The rice mandala is a meditative act, and can grow to fill the available space. This Installation stems from domestic realm. I’ve used certain imagery and materials in my work that have cultural connections. Rice has been an integral part of my life while I was growing up in India. It is associated with domestic rituals, religious ceremonies, festivals and social gatherings, which have marked various stages of my life. Rice mandala/floor-tracing, a domestic ritual practiced by Hindu women, is used in my work to create protective spaces. In a broader context, this work references to domestic rituals, domestic labor and women’s work.