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Found trees on my walks in the city of Dar Es Salaam.
Being born & brought up in such a picturesque part of the world, I have this deep fascination with nature and an intense love for trees. Therefore, I am extremely drawn to interact with bark cloth and logs as my preferred choice of surfaces for my artwork. I collect objects from my environment, found objects that hold memories and which are organically alive such as: trees, horns, hide, logs & bone. I create my own pigments to paint with from crystals, cow bones, saffron, turmeric, coffee, henna and even blood as a medium, as different pigments can be combined for unexpected outcomes. My ideology towards the abstract in art endeavours to develop something that bridges Indian, African & Modern Art. Being from a minority in my part of the world, I feel that it’s vital that I pioneer a new marriage of different cultures. As art invokes change, my practice is pluralistic and is focused on creating bridges of harmony between the various cultures, religions & creations.
Cultivate, Environmental Sustainability y Exhibition, Royal College of Art, UK.
Shaping Nature While Nature Shapes Us, The Pluralist , Royal College of Art, June 2023
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