Stuck in Liminality: Coping with Culture Shock, 2020
The Stuck in Liminality series features three intricate paintings that depict a transitional period. These artworks portray the liminal space experienced during cultural transitions, symbolizing the state of being in between. The paintings depict a void where individuals feel trapped and confused, as they struggle to find a sense of belonging. The figures within the paintings are presented in a state of unease, constantly moving around in search of comfort and familiarity.
The backgrounds of these paintings showcase intricate traditional Bangladeshi patterns known as “Alpona.” These patterns serve as a representation of the overwhelming amount of information that newcomers encounter when placed in a new environment. The intricate and complex nature of the backgrounds reflects the multitude of experiences, customs, and knowledge that one must navigate and understand during a cultural transition.