Nalini ‘Deedee’ Cheriel is a visual artist originally from Eugene, Oregon. She started her art career creating record covers and T-shirts for the Oregon music scene in the early ‘90s.
She started her own band and record label at 19. Influenced by the popular DIY culture of the time, Cheriel played in several all-girl bands, including Juned, Adickdid, The Teenangels, and The Hindi Guns. She also co-created the semi-autobiographical film Down and Out with the Dolls.
Cheriel has lived and studied abroad in 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 continuous attempts to connect to the world.
With varying influences such as East Indian temple imagery, punk rock, and her Pacific Northwest natural environment, Cheriels images reflect how we try to connect ourselves to others and how these satirical and heroic efforts are episodes of compassion and discomfort. 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.
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