ہجرت – Migration

This project is a visual exploration of the artist’s memories of the experience of migration. The work alludes to fading imagery and formation of new and vivid shapes and colours arising from materials present in the artist’s surroundings. It encapsulates an escape into an idealised landscape which exists neither in the past or future, but compels the viewer to experience the present. Migration can sometimes resemble a process of propulsion into a strange and unfamiliar world, leaving one vulnerable and fragile, longing for the protection of a past state. This process has been a birthing of a new state through repeated engagement with the elements of nostalgia.

The work comprises of assembly of various materials: tracing paper, found objects, bog cotton, acetate sheet, ink, fur, gold leaf, oil paint, etc. The works are titled after various psychological scales used in a study that explored the outcomes of nostalgia on psychological growth, self-perception and behavioural intentions (Baldwin & Landau, 2013).

Belongingness,2018
57 cm x 41 cm
Fake fur, oil paint, mounted on round canvas board
2018
“Makes me value myself more” 2018
30 x 30 cm (10 cm projecting outward)
Wood and plywood frame, tracing paper stacked and glued, oil paint
I
47.8 x 35 cm
Tracing paper,ink pen, gold leaf, acrylic paint, fake fur, glass back


II
50 x 33 cm
Tracing paper,bog cotton, Indian ink, oil paint, acetate sheet, acrylic paint (mounted on Styrofoam board)
“Makes me feel nostalgic”
80 x 60 cm
Wood, tracing paper, oil paint, found object, fake fur, ink, bog cotton, fake leather