Reinforcements for the Displaced

Quotations, taken from certain authors, are rendered by the processes of burning and embroidery, to produce spatial metaphors of loss, absence and fragility. The panels are suspended in the space to appear like free floating pages of a torn book or diary. The words on these pages are portrayed as handwritten, either by removing the letters (burning), or by pricking pins on the ‘pages’. The meticulousness of the process of hand embroidery is used to create fragility of temporality. The quotations that are chosen, also represent the tremendous kinds of emotional losses that are experienced by the itinerant migrant. The words, etched out off the surface leave the words absent in space, like the loss of language itself.
Authors quoted: Susan Sontag, Adrienne Rich, Julia Kristeva, Adil Jussawalla, Frantz Fanon, Toni Morrison,
Materials: Synged tafetta fabric.
Size: 96" X 60" each (approx) Installation dimensions vary.
Year: 2013