"I began by roughing the edges, her face still gentle, smiling into the distance. I tried to enter further into the burlap from several sides but eventually figured I would have to go right into the middle if I wanted as many tears as I had imagined. I took a nail off my desk and begun unweaving sections of the burlap leading closer to her face. As I approached her head the burlap became much harder to rip, the thick paint resisted my pull. I progressively became more aggressive with the fabric, just as the predator is aggressive with his female prey. I tore into it using my whole body; slowly her face began to unravel. She became weaker. At parts where I had already penetrated a hole, the burlap submitted to dethreading. As I got the hang of it I actually took scissors to assist me. Tools of assassination. During the process of dethreating all the connotations that came with the missing women, I experienced through clear visuals and overwhelming emotions. I pictured the metaphor as if I was there, tearing her skin apart, torturing her… I feel a strong connection not just because of an artists visual mind, or an activist, or an empathetic societal minor, but most importantly a violated woman, attempting to fight back."

live journal entry, 2012

invisible women

Invisible Women 

Acrylic on Burlap 

A series of portraits in honor of the Missing Indigenous Women of Canada. Originally created in response to the Robert Pickton court case of 2012, and displayed again in solo exhibition in harmony with the MMIWG final report of June 2019.

Jodhpur, India 

Oil on Paper, 2013

invisible cities

italo calvino

“Arriving at each new city, the traveler finds again a past of his that he did not know he had: the foreignness of what you no longer are or no longer possess lies in wait for you in foreign, unpossessed places.”

Green City

Watercolor on paper, 2014

inspired portraits

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Palestine 

Acrylic, dremol and glass on mdf wood, 2012

60 x 150 cm

Portrait of a boy and abandoned landscape of the Gaza Strip post bombing.

Unassumed

Oil paints on wood, 2013

90 x 60 cm

Original image captured during a mural painting with homeless youth at PRERNA Social Development and Welfare, New Delhi.

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Majid Tavakoli

Acrylic on canvas, 2012

60 x 60 cm

The human rights activist and political prisoner was taken away for motivational speech, ridiculed by pro-government news with a release of a photo of him in traditional religious female dress as punishment. This leaked image of him went viral when male supporters around the globe wore female dress and posted selfies in solidarity.

Love, Loss, Decay.

Oil on paper, 2015

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Mehran Palace

Oil on wood, 2013

20 x 30 cm

She gazed right into me with her glass eye

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Pride

Acrylic on wood, 2015

121 x 121 cm

This rice farmer near the southern border of Burkina Faso labors daily to provide for his family, and their families. 

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Riot Police

Watercolor on paper, 2013

60 x 90 cm

Original picture taken at the 2009 protests of Iran.

spaces

identities

memories