STRETCHED BEYOND MY SKIN
This project contained series of works which was focused on expression of unspeakable emotions which human being usually can not communicated them with words and they create an internal agitation within us. Fear, anger, gloom, apprehension, despair, wander etc. are wrecking and dangerous and these images were aimed to recreate them through distortion of my body parts by extreme stretching and movement. The series of images created by scanner have been presented in different ways such as installations and large-scale prints.
The series of Stretch Beyond My Skin is including two installations, which are exploration around the subject matter of immigration and different emotional state of a newcomer as a person who neither belong to his/ her homeland or the new country they immigrated to. This subject as being currently relevant in my personal life encourages me to explore deeper in to the emotions and feelings which are not easy to show or express with words.
The second installation, in continuous of the first project, I’m using the self-scanned portraits in combination with sheer fabrics, which are stretched all around the room and some are smoothly hung like curtains. The images are projecting through the layers of fabrics, and it creates a space which is designed for the audiences to be able to walk through and have physical contact with the body of my work. For this purpose, they have to touch or push away these layers to be able to walk through the sections; therefore, by passing through fabrics, they would create more deformation and distortion to the already distorted images. This aspect of my work is designed in order to emphasize on the fact that in a society we consciously or unconsciously will leave marks on other people’s lives, emotions and souls.
In this project, I planned to create an environment, which is not only to emphasizes on my feelings as an immigrant, but also to show my interest to share my culture, my story and my journey with the new society I’m becoming part of. Therefore, I invite people in, I serve them tea and sweats as part of my culture, and these part is not only a performance but is a genuine act and true feeling. The space is designed in a manner to be inviting, it surrounds the audiences with flavored smell and traditional music, treats and teas, and reflected images on layers of fabric in order to make them feel comfortable and apart from the stress of the every-day life. They can sit or walk around and be part of my personal space and complete my installation by their presents and empathy.