Natessa Amin (b.1987 Pennsylvania) was born and raised in Pennsylvania in an Indian-American family. She grew up navigating the complex relationships that were formed through the combination of contrasting cultures and religions. Her observations are recorded in colorful abstracted shapes and patterns that take inspiration from Indian and African textiles, Indian palaces and garden design, and Pennsylvania Dutch craft. She employs techniques that emphasize the tactility of the material and her process of making, such as layering paint, pigments, dyes, silver leaf, glass particles and textural gels. However, rather than blurring or disguising the boundaries between these materials, the artist proposes relationships between them, drawing them into conversation with one another while preserving their differences.