Nalini ‘Deedee’ Cheriel is a visual artist who started out creating record covers and T-shirts for the Oregon music scene in the early ‘90s. Born in the hippie town of Eugene, Oregon, she began her own band and record label at the age of 19.
Influenced by the popular DIY culture of that time, Deedee played in several all-girl bands (Juned, Adickdid, The Teenangels, The Hindi Guns) and co-created the semi-autobiographical film Down and Out with the Dolls. This artist has lived and studied abroad: Honduras, Chile, England, Portugal, Spain and her native India.
Now residing in Los Angeles, Cheriel’s work explores narratives that recognize the urgency and conflict in our continuing attempts to connect to the world.
With influences derived from such opposites as East Indian temple imagery, punk rock, and her Pacific Northwest natural environment, her images are indications of how we try to connect ourselves to others and how these satirical and heroic efforts are episodes of compassion and discomfort.
Her creations have an intense antediluvian feel, with overtones of ancient Egypt, Folk art and cultural heritage and yet are contemporary in context. Symbolic animals, animalistic humans,colour and pattern are used to portray a myriad of emotions and social interactions between people.
The work is boldly colourful and brimming with allegorical notes of yearning passion, angry resistance, loving empathy and uncomfortable discomposure. It’s a visualisation of universal feelings and conflicting affiliations with the modern world that ‘inevitably confirm our greater humanity and quest towards love.
Bold elements drawn from landscapes -both urban and natural- and pop culture suggest the ability to find commonalities and relationships between ourselves and our surroundings that inevitably confirm our greater humanity and quest towards love.