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Surabhi Ghosh, MFA, BFA

Chair, Studio Arts
Associate Professor, Fibres and Material Practices, Studio Arts

Surabhi Ghosh, MFA, BFA
Slip tongue. 2024. acrylic paint, reclaimed fabric, reclaimed MDF, steel hardware. 66 x 15 x 35 cm.

Teaching activities

Recent Courses

FBRS 610-613 / MFA Studio Seminar in Fibres & Material Practices
ASEM 644 / Special Topics in Art & Ideology: Art & Labour

FBRS 260 / Textile Printing and Dyeing I
FBRS 396 / Topics in Fibres Surfaces: Potentials of Pattern
FBRS 480 / Advanced Fibres & Material Practices

Areas of technical expertise

Analog & digital repeat patterning; silkscreen printing and other textile print and dye processes; hand and machine stitchwork and sewn construction; off-loom fibres structures; mixed-media installation; material-based and spatial drawing; visual storytelling; book binding, 'zines and self-publishing.


Research Statement

Using repetitive actions like stitching, cutting, and beading, Surabhi Ghosh exploits the tensions and imperfections in handmade patterns to give material and spatial form to cyclical narratives of pride and shame. Incorporating her experiences as a North American descendant of South Asian ancestors, her recent work investigates the transmission of cultural identity and nationalist ideology to and from the diaspora.

Installation view, The weight of our myths, 2023
Photo credit: Photo: Guy L'Heureux

Research areas

Pattern and repetition; storytelling and visual narratives; materiality and site-responsive installation; textile history; colonialism; labour; nationalist ideologies; cultural diaspora; critical visuality; critical material practices.

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