Exhibition includes textile work of Anita Maharjan

For Anita Maharjan, “Collision” could mean a collision of cultures. The CCAD Master of Fine Arts candidate came to the U.S. at age 18 from her native Nepal to study art. For her, this was a pushback against cultural expectations.

“I am breaking some rules,” Maharjan said. She carries that rule-breaking mindset into her art, which borrows from traditional Nepali weaving techniques. But rather than create items needed for daily living, Maharjan's work is “non-functional,” she said. She also employs waste and discarded items such as bed sheets, grocery bags and paper towels in her weaving, “merging traditional Nepali culture with modern, Western commodity culture.”

“I am also elevating the labor that goes into that work,” Maharjan said.

But the cultural collision hits home on a deeply personal level for the artist as well. A full-time U.S. resident, Maharjan is also married to an American. Her work, then, explores her state of being, asking, “Where do I belong?”

Maharjan's work and that of 18 other MFA candidates will be on display through April 29 in CCAD's Beeler Gallery. The exhibition opens with a reception on Friday, April 6.