The marks I add to my structure are a meditative symbol around consumerism, homelessness and climate migration. My time spent in Italy studying bookbinding and gestural mark making has had a profound impact on my artwork. By adding a simple blanket stitch to my 3D tent like structures I am metaphorically adding comfort to those who need sanctuary, those who need shelter. This binding stitch is similar to a Japanese stab bind, linking it to the Japanese ink I use within my practise. The dense black Japanese sumi ink I use arose through my time studying gestural mark making and playing around with Arabic calligraphy in Italy. My research into studying the influence of Japanese wood cut prints on Impressionist Painters at the age of 17 at Burnley College of Art and Technology could have been a subconscious pull towards this attachment to this specific brush and ink medium. At the time I didn't realise how much it affected me to hear that there wasn't enough information on Islamic Art for me to study aspects of my heritage. I suppose from there on, I unconsciously started to research my own identity and belonging. I create a geometric pattern taking inspiration from the Alhambra in Granada Spain. This pattern reflects my belonging within Europe, Pakistan and the UK.

Sanctuary can be seen as part of an Open show at The Herbert Art gallery and Museum in Coventry from
8th December 2018 to 24th February 2019

https://www.theherbert.org/whats_on/1367/coventry_open