This on-going series of mixed-media paintings in response to sound bites in the news and popular media. Using found images, Ahmad created collages that serve as sketches for these paintings. The final black-and-white paintings only show hints of these sourced images, a reference to misrepresentation and obliteration of identities. Layering cultural fabrics with Urdu calligraphy and found imagery, Ahmad explores the complexity of representation and fluidity of identity due to both personal and political factors.
Acrylic, oil marker, Keffiyeh, and found images on canvas
48” x 60”