This piece titled ‘Alchemy of Losses’ revolves around the nature of physical and emotional displacement and how the things that I have lost and been deprived of have shifted my perspectives in recreating my identity in the crucible of life. Alienation, exile, migration, emptiness and void left by the lost dreams and recurring nightmare of the past and the future are some of the ingredients in the alchemy to achieve my own process of chrysopoeia: transmutation of losses into my artistic expressions, my own philosopher’s stone. This piece expresses multilayered feelings and experiences representing decades of my life in and away from my homeland.
The moments we define as our life in a continuum of time become significant as we weave our love around the people we care for and the way we share our stories in the fabric of life. In all intents and purposes my art as well as my process is autobiographical in its nature. Like a migratory bird though I have crossed many geographical boundaries flying high with my dreams, yet like a kite, I also feel the tug of my root. In this relentless struggle, I seek my own identity.