© 2019 by Sobia Ahmad

Works on Chiffon 

These works on chiffon approach my elusive feelings and memories of places in relation to the notion of home. In When denied home we build a memory palace, I collaged images of my childhood home in Pakistan and wrote repetitively in Urdu. These fragmented images become imagined recollections, floating on a flimsy, translucent surface that responds to the slightest changes in air and light. As these elements shift, so does this memory palace. In Searching for home, I hand-embroidered onto chiffon a two-part poem that came through me in a moment of desolation on August 11th, 2018, the night before the Unite the Right rally took place in Washington D.C. The delicate, un-hemmed chiffon may disintegrate over time as my understanding of home evolves, referencing the impermanence of all embodied existence, thoughts, desires and longings.