"To live in diaspora is to be haunted by histories that sit uncomfortably out of joint, ambivalently ahead of their time and yet behind it too. It is to feel a small tingle on the skin at the back of your neck and know that something is not quite right about where you are now, but to know also that you cannot leave. To be un-homed is a process. To be unhomely is a state of diasporic consciousness." Lily Cho, (To Turn To Diaspora, 2007)
I inhabit a place of diaspora, a place that is an in-between. Akin to being a drift at sea I am adrift, between homelands, countries, and nationalities.
The work that I am creating portrays a childhood formed around two separate countries and cultures, Painting memories that have played out on the backdrop of two opposing landscapes, painted in two separate pallets. At its core my work is focus on the topic of diaspora, of identity as a way of belonging and identities that are tied to place, history, culture and tradition.