Artist statement

In my paintings and artworks, I portray the struggles and concerns that I have faced as an immigrant woman. No matter what country one emigrates from, your beliefs, values, traditions, and culture are like the contents of a suitcase that one carries throughout their life in a new country. This new painting, The Frame, uses symbolism that recalls surrealism and is painted in a naturalistic manner. I have used my daughter as the model in order to consider the differences between my life experience and hers. She is half covered and half-reveale, to express how she is part of two worlds. To portray the limitations of any point of view, I have her holding a frame, outside which a colder, less accurate quality of light is depicted. The draped Persian carpet over her legs references both Iran and symbolizes heaven on the earth. But, as I am not fully able to feel at home in this new place, the carpet is not laid fully flat upon the ground. The figure is enclosed by curtains that prevent her from being fully present in her current reality. In this painting, I reflect on myself in both a personal way and in relation to society. My hope is for the imagery to resonate with migrants of any background and to reveal the complexity of the experience to those who haven’t gone through it.

Oil on canvas
120×150 cm
Oil on Linen, 28″x40″
My painting is inspired by the narrative of a Jamaican immigrant woman. She relocated to Canada with her children after being divorced in order to pursue work and a better life. Prior to her arrival, she viewed Canada as a utopia. And her attitude toward the new world is radically different. Her mind has a frame in which all colors can be realized separately, but the actuality of the world is quite different. She is dealing with a variety of issues in order to sustain herself and her family. She is currently employed as a maid, and one of her ambitions is to open her own cleaning business in order to bring her family closer together.
Oil on Linen, 40″x28″

Some people are looking for their true home but sometimes it is very close to you or even next to you, but they are still looking for home somewhere else. 

Work in Progress