This show was presented by The Substation, in collaboration with Visual Arts Centre. It explores various modes of abstraction in relation to censorship - both in the personal and political context. My work addresses personal concerns about global health and security.
1. The Sweltering Sky, 2022, acrylic, charcoal, ink and collage on canvas, 71 x 71 cm w.
This work is about climate change and experiences of urban heat island effect created by concrete buildings and roads. In June 2022, The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reported that heat-trapping carbon dioxide is more than 50% higher than pre-industrial times, despite the Kyoto Protocol’s mandate to reduce such emissions. We do not need a rogue asteroid to destroy the earth as we are quite capable of doing it ourselves.
2. The Three Muses, 2022, acrylic, charcoal, ink and collage on canvas, 61 x 61 cm w.
It feels like we’re living in a dreamlike state. An abstraction of reality that mitigates cold hard
truth. Maybe, it’s selective information through our newsfeeds. Curation makes it easier to
survive the day. Intentional blinders. Battling a global pandemic, mass shootings and chilly visions of empty playgrounds. Now, war has imploded. Children are never safe from harm. I wish they will be around to experience life and have a chance to grow old. These muses are not of Greek mythology. Rather, reflections on war, gun violence and racial unrest.