Zoos are controversial; they inspire future generations of conservationists, biologists, and environmentalists, but at what cost? For my concentration, I chose to examine the difference between how zoos are seen by children compared to adults.
In this investigation I wanted to explore themes and topics I started to flesh out since the beginning of this course. My prior investigations were not only experimenting with certain styles, angles, and themes but documentation of myself and my relationship with loneliness and isolation.
In my Sustained Investigation, I tried to explore the intersection between the inside and the outside world. During the quarantine, I felt my world reduce to just my bedroom, and was constantly looking out my window. The outside world seemed freeing and awe-inspiring, and I wanted to try to combine that sense of grandiosity with the more simple, domestic world.
For 17 years I’ve spent my life floating between cultures, never feeling a part of one. As a Pakistani-American raised mostly in Thailand I've done a lot of cultural exploration and my sustained investigation is similarly culturally experimental.
During quarantine, feeling confined indoors, I grew apathetic towards industrially produced household pottery (bowls, vases, pitchers...), and sought to subvert the conventions of household ware by incorporating nature.
I absolutely love wildlife. Animals make me feel one with the universe, but recently I’ve noticed how much humans have exploited them. In my Sustained Investigation, I wanted to explore the human destruction of nature. I wanted to bring attention to how wildlife has had to adjust to industrialization.
When the Covid pandemic took over my life in 2020 it caused me to think about death and all of the sudden, unexpected things that cause it, which is what I explored in my Sustained Investigation.
In my investigation, I wanted to explore humanity's relationship with nature and its repercussions, including false perceptions of nature and the destructiveness of our relationship with nature. Each piece includes some aspect of both nature and humans.
Inspired by Goya’s work, “The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters,” I wanted to explore the interplay between the imagination and rational thought. I sought to free fantasy from reason, creating dream-like atmospheres representing the subconscious.
In starting my sustained investigation I knew I wanted to work with conceptual portraiture and decided on exploring the question of how can the surroundings in a portrait help define the person?