Jaama, meaning garment in my native language Bengali, is a series of sculptural vessels.
Medium: Glazed Earthenware
A garment is a vessel for our bodies.
They hold the stories of our lives.
A garment is a memory of a twinkling,
A garment is the memory of a person,
A garment is a place,
A garment is a memory of time,
A garment is a memory of an emotion,
A garment carries the fragrance of a moment shared
They are filled with invisible patterns that are our lives lived.
They take the shape of our bodies.
Each a rare form, an imprint of our inner bearing
Like we wear our world within.
The wearing of garment and soul makes beauty,
The melding of garment and body makes something mine and mine only.
Body and cloth, we move as one,
Soul and pattern, we bare our threads,
Together we face the world.
Black and white, we judge ourselves,
Through life’s many wears and washes, the black mingles with white.
With age comes the lustre of lives lived,
In the shadows of the yesteryears lies the grace of light.
Najma, embellished with patterns of most fine line, has a crack in the base that can only be seen when peering into her body,
Taara, the star of my eye. The first piece and my guiding light for this series.
Noor named after famed Mughal Empress who was strong, charismatic and intelligent, has all the regal bearing of power and confidence. Noor Jahan (1577-1645) meaning ‘Light of the world’ was the most influential and unique empress in the annals of the Mughal Empire.
Swirly with her curvaceous form resembles a body wreathing in a straightjacket. Dancing the dance to break through her bindings. Hidden from view at the bottom is a single drop of transparent glaze. This tear like droplet is the sorrow she hides within her swirling form.
Eliza with a very Elizabethan ruffled collar, is named after English monarchs Queen Elizabeth I & II. Like both her namesakes, she stands steadfast and unshakable. Equipped to face the challenges of modern royal life she has a handbag and umbrella.
Molly is youthful and sturdy but has a hairline crack that runs from base through body. Such are her hidden frailties, she is bound with 400 metres of green cotton