River Drawings 2020

River Drawings
gouache, charcoal, graphite, nails and electric wires on laser cut and embossed Arches paper
32 x 44 in. l  81 x 112 cm.

River Drawings is a suite of six subversive works where the artist used the traced outlines of contested territorial borders from across the globe as raw material. Groups of such outlines of manmade political borders were repurposed by variously arranging them within an oval frame. The resulting permutations of lines gave rise to a more familiar, liberating topography where rigid territorial demarcations were seamlessly transformed into free flowing rivers and outlines resembling natural geographical features. Pieces of wire mesh with rips and tears overlaid on the drawings allude to border fences, and the inherent violence of their existence.