This installation was inspired by the hustle and bustle of the city, Karachi, I lived in while growing up. There the streets are narrow and the view of the beautiful sky is blocked by the chaotic entanglement of electrical wires. My house was being renovated during the summer of 2012 and somehow the ceiling of my room formulated these massive cracks and holes, which were then filled with cement. I wanted to document the process and in turn, create a sculpture in response to that process of being restored.
The name of the installation was inspired by Connect The Dots activity books of children. As an adult, I was trying to connect the dots of the cracked holes in my ceiling room.
When you interact with something on a daily basis, its value decreases over time. Same was the case with the Nusserwanji Arch at the Indus Valley School of Art & Architecture in Karachi, Pakistan. People passed through the archway without noticing the beauty of its architecture and history. Therefore, I created a soft barrier in this physical space to bring attention to it.
The idea was inspired by looking at airport scanners with leather straps dangling at both ends of the inspection unit. In a similar way, wicks (flat woolen straps) with bells at the end of the straps were used to construct an organic wall over the arch.
The Nusserwanji building was established in 1903 by Jamshed Nusserwanji’s father for office use. In early 1990’s the Indus Valley School restored the building by moving it to the Clifton campus.