Baltimore Goes Elsewhere, Greensboro, NC, United States
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.
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.”