EVIDENCE, 2016, PIGMENT & RESIN ON COTTON (11.2 ft X 3.75ft); Thoughts oscillate, memories flash, I fluctuate between reality and imagination. I grew up listening to a lot of stories from my parents like children often do. Stories about princesses, jungles, fairies, and heroes. Some of these stories stayed with me. They continued to grow, take new turns, angles and perspectives. These were stories of my father who fought real wars, of my father and men like him who emerged heroes, every time.
These narratives came to me as auditory information and I mentally visualized them in various landscapes and sites, seen or unseen. I haven’t visited most places or met most people, but I have lived the story itself. How I visualize these scenes is probably very different from how you visualize them and how they were in reality. My illustrations are inspired from these stories. They are a transfer of my memories into visual form. I take these illustrations forward by transposing them into textiles to make them tactile, emotionally active and stimulating. They attain dimensionality and endurance.
Years later, as I illustrate my fragments of memory, I think about them differently, hopefully more rationally. Nevertheless, it is the little
military daughter who draws these memories, embraces them and wants to preserve them. There are some that have frozen with time and form a permanent place in my mind, there are others, still exposed and sensitive to the happenings of today.