You Will Always Be With Me I

Fabric and embroidery, 2021

The Prick and Stitch Alliance Residency at the Standpoint Gallery allowed me to experiment with embroidery for the first time. For this project, I have taken an image of an epigraph or rock carving of the proto-Tamil script that is carbon dated to be 2000 years old (from Tamilnadu India) and have got it digitally printed it on muslin cloth. I have then used needle punch embroidery to mimic the process of carving to trace the letters of the language and thus find a (re)connection with my ancestors and heritage that is so familiar yet so elusive. The words ‘You will always be with me’ is needle punched into the cloth reminiscent of graffiti. .