Chairs and Seating

--“Believer”
Chair made out of shopping cart pieces and orange spray paint

This chair is very special to me. It is the second one I had created in this series and I had to name it as an adjective that described my current emotion and one to drive me forward whenever I encountered doubt in my own artmaking abilities. No matter what, just having one ounce of belief is enough to survive through any situation. There were times where I was scared that I did not have the strength to pull through but when I made this chair, this hushed all the negativity in my heart and mind. I am so critical of myself and artmaking displays a vulnerability of who I am. But when I look at this chair, I believe again in the magic of art. It was painted orange because it was one of the large shopping carts from Home Depot and I had to pay homage to its place of origin.

--“Series: Kal Ho Na Ho (Urdu for “Tomorrow May Not Be”)"
Seating arrangement of chairs, a welded stool, and a lampshade

This collection of three chairs created out of shopping cart pieces as well as a flower-like stool made from various sizes of metal washers, crowds around a lampshade like they are all together at a camp site. I was interested to play with my lamp forms either installed up high above our heads, sitting next to us, and even bringing us together to tell exciting stories. With a simple light bulb fixture at the center of this arrangement, I am excited and surprised by the amount of warmth exuded through this pairing.

--"Massage Wheels”
Shopping cart pieces, wooden bowl, anti-static dusting mop head, and green spray paint

This sculptural arrangement was originally intended to be a fully functional chair with a place to sit and massage your back against the two rows of stationary shopping cart wheels, which can roll up and down. When I design my chairs, I often seek a perpendicular or 90 degree angle to ease my back pain. I feel more comfortable with a rigid form supporting my body. I added the dusting mop head and bowl with drilled circles to enhance the work’s quirkiness as an empty shell with a living organism underneath.

Believer

Perplexity and Centurion. Chairs created out of metal shopping carts.