Mouthpiece & Vitamin Pill
Two polyurethane garden planters stacked on top of each other
When I became obsessed with creating lamps, I thought of depressing times when I felt like everything was going wrong and I was in a deep, dark place. Although my lamps are colorful, fun, and playful with their shadows, they are souvenirs of perseverance through tough times. The drilled out holes represent each moment whenever someone had given me negative criticism in an effort to stump my dreams. By stacking these two lampshades together, the form takes on a pill-like shape and it reminds me of a two-toned vitamin tablet. For me, creating these lamps was therapeutic through these times. Now I smile when I look at my lamps as I see the light beams pouring through and filling an entire room.
Mouthpiece (red and black lamp shade) and Chaaval ki Bori (Urdu for “Rice Bags”)
Assorted rice bag pillows made of burlap and filled with cotton
A common household food item for a South Asian family is a rice bag. We tend to eat rice with each meal or substitute it with flatbread naans. Rice bags come in many colors but often maintain a similar style—a brown burlap sack adorned with colorful lettering to advertise the special taste of aged rice. As far as I know, rice is a critical provision for sustenance. Villages can survive with just a few ounces a day. I have incorporated rice bag threads and burlap in previous artist-made books as well as included them in my bicycle rickshaw to display how a simple grain can become a commodity and source of survival.