CONTAINER FOR A PRECARIOUS RECORD (2019)
PLACES WHERE THINGS HAD BEEN PUT BECAUSE THEY HAD BEEN VIOLENTLY DISPLACED, AND PLACES WHERE THINGS FOUND THEIR NATURAL GROUND AND STABILITY (2018-2019)ASABI IV: Untitled (2018)
ASABI III (2017)
Installation view, ASABI III (2017), Gardiner Museum, Toronto
Mediums: Bisque-fired clay, paint, wood backing
Asabi (عصبی/ pronounced àsàbi), is an Arabic-rooted Farsi word translating to neurotic, anxious, and angry. The ASABI series is a four-part body of works consisting of sculptural and installation-based interpretations of this word. Through repetitive engagement with the subject, the artist seeks to reclaim the power of language and liberate the emotion of anxiety from its cultural and gendered baggage.
The Farsi letters Seen (س/ سـ ), and Alif (ا), phonetically identical to the letters Saad (ص/ صـ) and Ayn (ع / عـ), are present in the installation as signifiers of what is unknowingly and inevitably lost in the process of immigration. My initial inability to discern between these phonetic identicals and identify the correct written form of the word is maintained and amplified in this iteration.
This project was made possible by generous support from the Ontario Arts Council and Art Starts.