My work is a personal exploration of what it means to be mixed race, as well over a million people living in the UK are. Each of us has two sides, conjoined. It reflects on time lived in Sri Lanka and England. I’ve been dredging up distant memories and interweaving my recent past into them.
I feel my way into how to explore this connectedness. I started by making two-sided objects and experimenting with weaving and folding. I sometimes use materials that are in themselves fragile or bland which might acquire strength and/or stature by being juxtaposed. Raw materials include eastern commodities used for trade such as spices, gems, rubber and tea. These are layered and interlaced with western materials that have a particular personal resonance for me. Sliced white bread for example. Mining my western family heritage, I unearthed unexpected archives of papers, photographs, paintings and objects. I work in many media and in both two and three dimensions. I use a phototransfer technique; apply acrylic medium or PVA glue and then rub the back of a print selectively to reveal a transmuted source image.
The rawness of my artefacts is an attempt to provide the curious viewer a sideways glimpse into my life by sharing a few of my insights. I believe that personal experiences are a route to uncovering some universal truths.