“Chapter 2, Page 1 is an autobiographical artwork. It is a 50 X 60 inch portrait of my mother. In creating this piece I have worked in many layers, visual and conceptual, by playing with a hand stitched patchwork of opaque and translucent materials like Mylar and discarded embroidery punch cards. I have hand painted the background with colours and pigments creating layers of imagery and a hand embroidered poem in French that I once wrote about her. The verses of poem speak of her motherly love and how I woke up every morning in her arms and pretended to be asleep still.
The use of paisley motifs in the background of the artwork is a response to a special memory of going to the fabric looms with her, where she would buy fine Cashmere shawls as part of the wedding gifts for me and my sister. She knew she had very little time.
Most of my visual art inspirations come from an innate urge to give an expression to the thoughts and experiences that came with the journey of my life. I find the multitude of textures, rough, smooth, and beautiful and their play with light very intriguing. The shapes and the stories that emerge from our interaction with the mundane objects open a new page in the journal of my creative life every day. I work at a very subconscious level, in layers, both visually and conceptually and siphon these layers of memories into an abstract form of visual expression.
Combining unexpected materials, high and low in contrast, comes to me naturally. There is often a dark undercurrent to my work. Experimentation to arrive at a conclusion often results in many beautiful accidents and becomes the foundation for more ideas. This process of uncovering the layers of thoughts and experiences is an endless cycle that keeps me going.
Chapter 2, Page 1 is an indispensable part of my life journey. The memories of a mother who had to bid goodbye to me at the tender age of ten – an age where I understood many things and yet did not understand many others. I still carry the stories she left behind in form of nostalgic and sweet memoirs fossilized in my mind.”
Curated by Helena Frei & Chris Mitchell, Hard Twist 10 Memory winds its way through textiles, a constant thread that runs through the earliest archaeological fragments, the latest experimental synthetics and everything in between. Textiles hold memory, recall memory, record – and occasionally obscure – memory. In some recent incarnations they even have memory. Opening reception on September 10th 7-10pm on the 3rd and 4th floors galleries. On view August 27, 2015 to December 27, 2015 on the 3rd and 4th floors of the hotel.