My art series, "Distant Relatives" (2021), underscores the impact of family, migration, displacement, and cultural heritage. These themes are conveyed through a methodical process of interacting with the materials, which involves intentionally ripping, tearing, and removing layers to add depth and texture. This represents the constant cycle of repair and disrepair inherent in life, a principle I sought to incorporate into my artistic practice.
The series is not birthed from a pristine canvas. Instead, it begins with a rough landscape formed from layers of collage. This unconventional foundation serves as a reflection of life's complexities and imperfections. The technique empowers me to confront these irregularities head-on, turning them into integral components of the work, embracing the uneven terrain and transforming it into a vibrant, layered narrative