This exploration of ‘media as material’ physically demarcates the distance between
lived experience and news media in a series of intricate lattice-work pieces based on
traditional Jali. The ‘Dated’ works were crafted from newspapers on canvas replicate
the filtered screens of the Jali, through which perception of the real and recorded
may be filtered or fragmented. The newsprint paper was collected during the initial
2 years of the Covid pandemic. I have been creating these works since the onset of
the covid pandemic 2020 until 2023.
The traces of newsprint on the cut-out patterned surfaces suggest a residual fragmented
memory comprised of lost information and a perceptual shift between media and material.
Cut-out surfaces in my works act like filters of perception. Formally these cut-out surfaces
seek to open a space for the viewer to explore their own perceptual awareness of unique
spatial and temporal conditions. The process of combing hand cutting, laser cutting, burning,
scratching and painting over the surface focuses on the emotive negotiation of acts of erasure
in relation to news media articles used as a testament to the fragility of time juxtaposed with
space and fleeting emotions. Each piece of the cut-out work were created taking
newspaper of a particular date and is named after that day, as it felt like a memorial
for that day.