Devikala Boominathan


My work is about my personal experiences of being a ‘Third culture’ child. ‘Third Culture’ children are children that are born, raised and live in three different cultures/countries. Using food as a vehicle, I will show the changes I’ve experienced in my tolerance of each culture’s spice levels in its food.

My initial experience of European food was one of blandness in comparison to my familiarity of spices and flavourful Indian food. The longer I have been in Europe my appreciation for the subtlety of European food has increased while on returning home I found my tolerance for spices in Indian foods has decreased. I recorded these changes on a graph that is translated onto my work. On further reflection this change in my palate preference has become neither fully European nor fully Indian, rather an amalgamation or hybrid in nature. My pieces act as a hybrid representation of my third culture status.