My parents emigrated from Karachi, Pakistan to Canada in the mid 70s. I was born in Nova Scotia and grownup in Ontario. My work deals with cultural hybridity, where I manipulate and reconfigure essentialized visual tropes from Islamic South Asian and Western culture. My work expresses the liminal spaces that open up when imposed identities collide, a space where transformations and newness may occur.
In my most recent work, I have been focusing on assemblages and object-making, where I seek for dualities to realign, disintegrate and/or re-aggregate into a futuristic, alien form, alive and organic-seeming. Much of my work is informed by post-colonial thought as well as the idea of play and the absurd.
I completed an MFA Fine Arts degree at the School of Visual Arts in New York City in May of 2019 and am now located in Toronto, Canada.