Duty | Responsibility | Expectation | Tradition | Reputation | Conformity | Guilt | Submission | Female
Exploring the underlying themes of a personal heritage developed from a past out of necessity and survival, carried through to the present day.
Inspired by elements of Punjabi life and traditions, from cookware vessels used daily, the handcrafting skills required as part of a dowry system, to the colourless dress of female elders following the death of a partner to symbolise the resultant loss of colour in life. Each element has been intertwined with contemporary counterparts to depict my female lineage in figurative form.
Distorted and scarred with unnatural character, each vessel reflects the impact of dominating societal themes and values, filtered through from generations past to present. Individual hopes, desires and dreams stitched and bound away as the human need for acceptance and belonging takes precedence.
This growing collection of sculptural ceramics aims to highlight an ever-present system of out-dated beliefs that restrict female growth and independence. Beliefs that my female ancestors adhered to as a result of their circumstances, and that still remain under the oppressive shadow of repercussions.