My works explore the idea of the self both at the physical and metaphorical level. While conceptualizing a way to express this preoccupation, it struck me that body is not very different from a bird’s nest. A nest is a place where a living creature stays similarly the human body contains the soul that gives sentience to the body. When I observed the form of the nest more closely I found further parallels with the human since both the nest and the human being are built up in layers; layers that are sometimes perceptible to the eyes and at other times not, since the nest/human begin to exist as an idea even before the idea takes a physical form. This idea of physical absence/presence fascinates me and I translate this concept into my work using the notion of a trace.
The trace is both a presence and an absence and I bring this to my work by literally tracing the body impression on paper. By cutting out this impression from the paper, the presence becomes an ‘absence’. But I think this void is no less present since the being is beyond the physical and the dualities of presence and absence. It affirms that the being within that seems restricted by the body around it is composed of the same boundless and limitless space that surrounds it.