Dust Kameez (A Portrait of a Young Girl)
When I was in high school a grey kameez, a traditional Pakistani shirt, was a part of my school uniform. I wanted to take something so organic and invisible like dust and make an extremely visible and imposing silhouette of a young girl, referencing the weight of her presence and experience. The kameez was made out of real dust and lint, which I actively collected, and it constantly was leaking dust. The dust represents the debris of time, the incarnation of what people want to sweep away and forget. Adolescent girls sometimes shoulder many burdens when growing up in a patriarchal society, including feeling a loss of self. This sculpture speaks about the catharsis of asserting oneself.