My current practice is concerned with exploring aspects of human migration in relation to the landscape. It looks at the way in which human beings form attachments to their surroundings and how when separated from a familiar environment, they may experience traumatic emotions such as dislocation and displacement. Many migrants exist within a 'liminal space'.
The sense of un-belonging, and indefinable identity is not based simply on the inability to familiarise oneself with the new land, or to transcend the association of 'the other'. It is also based on the inability to let go of the past, and to let go of the lost land. As an immigrant myself, my work explores subjective emotions toward the lost homeland. As well as pointing to phenomenological and experiential theories it also considers a nostalgic representation of the past.
A longing for the lost homeland is based on past experiences and in reality, the country remembered now is partly fabricated by the fallibility of memory and is tainted by the sentimentality of nostalgia. My work is concerned with creating simplified and muted metaphors for my experience as an immigrant. I break down layers of representation, multiple sets of memory and varied strands of research to create pieces that do not obviously reflect, but quietly hint at all of these considerations.
It does not claim to offer clues to a specific place or event, but rather aims to trigger a myriad of half remembered moments and sites to which there is no possibility of return.