New World School of Art, 2011, BA Painting
Captivated by painting not only because of its versatility as a medium but also because of its rich historical repository of images and ideas. By tracing the history of the figure in art, I have learned and understood better the history of political events, shifts in spiritual beliefs and the tides of intellectual thought. Over the years of working with the body in painting, investigating the opportunities and revelations that arise, I have begun to understand myself and my place in society as a transnational female artist.
I have been fascinated by the people taking to the streets en masse in clashes of national and political identity since the beginning of the Arab Spring in 2011. The work I am currently making grapples with the Ukrainian crisis, with a focus on the human rather than the political. The project stemmed from an intuitive impulse to fly to Kiev to witness the revolution a bit more than a year ago. As I stepped back behind the veil of mass media from abroad, events unfolded rapidly and the revolution took a turn for a grim and grid-locked land war with Russia. The information war being fought over satellite, radio waves and fiber optic cables for influence of public opinion is even more ludicrous than the “civil” war being fought in Eastern Ukraine. Voltaire's words “those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities” ring truer today than ever before.
Consequentially, I have been reflecting on my personal experience on the barricades in contrast to information coming out from the news media conglomerates. Thus my paintings grew to deal with themes such as control, resistance, sacrifice, history, instrumentalisation of nationalism, militarization of civil communities.