The Kingdom

1998-2010

linocuts

 

This series reflects upon my own migration and adjustment to a place that in many ways is less affected by time, and the dilution of culture, than others I have experienced.

 

Based on a series of drawings done while living in Saudi Arabia, visual narratives in linocut explore and showcase the image of women in Saudi Arabian society. This work largely explores the imagery of the veiled woman as a representation of my desire to navigate my place as a woman within a new, foreign and sometimes restrictive culture. As the unfamiliar becomes familiar, my drawings and prints begin to describe more intimate and personal observations of a society once little known to me, and still enigmatic to many. By witnessing hidden realities, I have sought to explore and challenge the preconceived idea of the ‘veiled’ woman. The narratives presented in these works centre on the internal lives of women, the domestic spaces and public places they navigate.