Baltimore Goes Elsewhere, Greensboro, NC, United States

August 2017

 

 City of Scraps  25 x 24 in.  Acrylic on found wood and string lights

City of Scraps

25 x 24 in.

Acrylic on found wood and string lights

City of Scraps serves as a visual representation of my immigration experience into the U.S. from Pakistan. The imagery produced translates a socioeconomic divide in a third world country to inevitable issues of gentrification within the U.S.

While in residence, I observed a constant migration of artists, educators, and creatives causing a constant renewal ‘in spirit’ to the architecture of the museum—each leaving their own unpreventable mark across Elsewhere’s three floors. With this piece, I invite audiences to reminisce old memories while creating new as Scraps reflects on what is lost as places and populations shift and change.

 Nameless  Dimensions variable  Found wood, piano keys, lace, ribbon and wool

Nameless

Dimensions variable

Found wood, piano keys, lace, ribbon and wool

Never having worked with found materials before, I gathered various collection objects from the museum that I could connect with. As I began to assemble the objects together, a human-form marionette organically came into being.

Through Nameless, I found that “artmaking can be spontaneous and intuitive in nature. It does not have to be planned; it can be informed by the materials first.”