ARTIST'S STATEMENT 

Change is an inevitable fact in everyone’s lives. Moving and immigration are examples of significant change; my intention in my artworks is to explore my own feelings of displacement. My current concern probes into the memories of places where people have been living, places that they left for different reasons. Displacement and immigration are universal subjects that I am looking at it through the lens of my personal observations. While my experience is unique and particular, it also has commonalities with others who have immigrated. I find this personal voice effective to connect my work to my viewers. I am interested in the memories of absent spaces and absent objects, whether they are missed as a result of growing up, moving or even death, and how these reflect the changes in our lives. I chose dissolvable fabric for its qualities of fragility to speak to the vulnerability in life. The project focuses on the physical spaces of memories which I choose to represent in sculpture and photography/video. I began with my own experience as someone of Middle Eastern background living in Canada, representing my memories of my safe place and the connection I am making with my new safe place. The memories of places we lived before make it hard to settle down elsewhere. Through my artwork, I am attempting to indicate the ideas of vulnerability and instability as a result of displacement and how they affect the quality of our lives. To point to the vulnerability in life, I chose a fragile material, to represent this idea.

 

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