Paintings

Stuck in Liminality:
Coping With Culture Shock Series

Oil on Canvas
24”X36”
2020

Stuck in Liminality series features three intricate paintings that depicts a transitional period. It portrays the liminal space experienced during cultural transition. It depicts a void, where a person is trapped and confused for not being able to belong neither here nor there. Therefore, the figures are presented in a state of unease (moving around to find comfort). The backgrounds consists of intricate traditional Bangladeshi patterns called “Alpona”. The intricate background is a representation of all the overwhelming informations a newcomer gets when placed in a new environment.

Oil on Canvas
24”X30”
2020

Oil on Canvas
24”X30”
2020

The Firefly

Oil on Canvas
48”X60”
2021


This painting was done for The Black Lives Matter Social Justice Art Project in collaboration with City of Abbotsford and University of the Fraser Valley. This project aims to promotes blackness, supports healing and reflects harmony. My project features portrait of a black woman who looks directly at the viewers with flames in her eyes. Adorned in traditional gown, she stands strong in a powerful position with her hands clenched into a fist, resembling political solidarity. Her blazing eyes fueled by desire, confronts the viewers by enraging, encouraging and inspiring them to join her fight against racial injustice and brutality.

“The Firefly” serves as a reminder for all the innocent lives lost. This portrait depicts strength of the black community and how they have put up a front against the unjust society of white supremacists. The firefly strives to bring justice, strength, healing and freedom to the black community and spread awareness to spark a conversation that would eventually instigate a change.

Your skin is your identity and not a crime! No one should ever have to endure injustice based on the color of their skin. Incidents of police brutality and racially motivated violence against the black community have given rise to Black Lives Matter, a social movement which works to eradicate white supremacy and dismantle racism.

Bangla Fighter

Oil on Canvas
48”X36”
2020

Piece of Bangla is a representational painting of Bangladesh. It follows my heritage and tells the story of our past. Bangladesh, the only country in the world that fought for its mother-tongue in 1971. Due to lack of soldiers, many women joined the army to fight for the freedom of the country. This painting has been inspired by women empowerment. The piece portrays Taramon Bibi, who was one of the freedom fighter. She single handedly was responsible for burning down one of the enemy camps. She trained and lead troops into the battle fields. This piece is a tribute to her and the many other women like her, who sacrificed their life for a free country.

This artwork has a lot of representational aspects. One of the main one is the pattern on the background. I tried to imitate hand stich pattern that were done on fabric, onto a canvas. The patterns are called Nakshi. These patterns usually consists of hieroglyphs and usually tell a story. These patterns were sewn by women during the war and were used as a means of transferring messages. Now a days this heritage still continues and are mostly used for decorations. The work mainly consists of green and red, which are the colors of the flag of Bangladesh, with a touch of gold representing the golden jute.

Suffocate

Oil on Canvas
24”X30”
2021

Tamed: The Beast Within

Oil on Canvas
24”X30”
2021

Adorned

Oil on Canvas
24”X30”
2019

Adorned represents the transitional period of a South Asian girl, where the girl is married off and is carried in a palanquin to her husband’s place. In the palanquin, the bride being carried, is in a liminal space, where she neither belongs to her parents place nor the husband’s but belongs to her own-self.