Paradise

PARADISE VII, 2019,
60in x 39in (152.4cm x 99.06cm), 
Screen printed acrylic on natural dyed canvas
PARADISE III, 2019,
66in x 39in (167.64cm x 99.06cm), 
Screen printed acrylic on natural dyed canvas
PARADISE I, 2019, 
66in x 39in (167.64cm x 99.06cm), 
Screen printed acrylic on natural dyed canvas



Living far from home for so long has made me feel as though who I am and where I come from are a fantasy. There are moments when, however, my environment—the humidity, the greenery, the air, and the sun—match a certain memory. With a deep breath, I am transported back to a time long since passed. This lets me know that my life back home was real, not just a fantasy. It feels like a glimmer of paradise: an unattainable ideal, a warm embrace.


“Paradise is at the feet of the mother.” — Prophet Muhammad ﷺ


In the Paradise series, I created this feeling by using color to distort the screen-printed image against the raw, dyed canvas. This effect allows the image to be seen from a distance while also abstracted the closer you come to the canvas. The sensation is similar to waking from a dream about home and feeling the memory disappear the harder you try to access it.


The images are photographs of my mother in Seychelles, her home country, taken by my father. The decision to use them was inspired by the hadith (sayings from the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ) and the idyllic landscape of my mother’s home. These works are made from cruelty-free, organic canvas that is stained with natural dyes and screen-printed with the least environmentally invasive techniques. 

PARADISE IV, 2019, 
66in x 39in (167.64cm x 99.06cm), 
Screen printed acrylic on natural dyed canvas


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PARADISE VIII, 2019,
60in x 39in (152.4cm x 99.06cm), 
Screen printed acrylic on natural dyed canvas
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PARADISE V, 2019, 
66in x 39in (167.64cm x 99.06cm), 
Screen printed acrylic on natural dyed canvas
PARADISE IX, 2019, 
60in x 39in (152.4cm x 99.06cm), 
Screen printed acrylic on natural dyed canvas