Loose Ideas About Some Important Letters considers the weight of religious objects and objects as artifact – holding within them symbolism of lineage and tradition; as the clipped text presents the seemingly obscure way in which religion outlines and governs ones identity. This work contemplates what it means to be a believer, for a faith to engulf, to be all encompassing, to swallow whole, to embed within ones identity, deep and rooted. The final layer of the collages are dripped and dusted with turmeric and chai, made a traditional way of black tea, cardamom and condensed milk. Imagining tea as blood and turmeric as natural matter, and like the objects, these beliefs are infinite and continuous. Is it possible they may be reshaped, reconfigured, rewritten? Or like glue to paper, it is what it is, laid down and final?
Materials: Photographs of Quranic verses and Islamic objects, text cut from antique fiction books, turmeric, chai drips.
7” x 7” original collage on fine art matte paper
Archival Pigment Print
20” x 20”
Disclaimer: No actual objects were mutilated, defaced, disrespected, cut, or harmed in the making of these images.