This series of work imagines paper as the land we find ourselves born and standing on. Paper is the place. Ink is the force driving us out of our lands... war, sectarian conflict, environmental changes, poverty and civil injustice to name a few. Together, the paper and ink are the record of events. We stand on pages with stories from the past. Pages we cannot open. A book of stories we cannot read. A document of lessons we cannot learn from.
Children of Yam explores these notions through the fictional story of Yam. The forgotten 4th son of the biblical and islamic character, Noah. Yam refused to climb onto the Ark and chose to walk and seek refuge on a mountain top instead. A brave act of free will and independence. His story and the story of his lost children is a story of immigrants through time. They are the forgotten, the inked over and the displaced. We have collectively forgotten the mistakes of our past. We empathise with "others" from a distance and we forget that although we are now local, we too were one day, and we will be again, the displaced.