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Riva Dhamala is a recent Tufts University B.S. graduate with a major in Cognitive and Brain Sciences and a minor in Studio Art. Starting Fall 2018, she will be pursuing an M.S. in Human Factors Engineering, once again at Tufts University.

Working through a variety of different mediums, much of her work focuses on people and notions of identity.

Identity describes an individual’s continuity of self across time and space. Commonly, a person’s identity is often thought to be stable and immutable; however, that doesn’t accurately reflect reality. When identity is reduced to a singular, static entity, it is not fully understood. Identity moves, identity is complex, identity is a composite. Identities are a buildup of different roles - social, cultural, familial, etc. - and although boundaries between these roles might exist, they relate to one another and transform each other through contact.

These concepts and ideas are the driving forces behind Riva's process of reflecting complex truths though her works.