“Tethered” series

“Tethered” series, Ink and Watercolor on 300g Watercolor Paper

A tether is a connector. It is by definition either “a line (as of rope or chain) by which an animal (or person) is fastened so as to restrict its range of movement or a line to which someone or something is attached (as for security)”.

The inspiration and thought process behind my “Tethered” series is compiled of the experience of motherhood as well as loss of attachments to homeland, culture and family.

This body of work contains watercolor and ink drawings and portraits multicolored biomorphic entities inextricably connected to one another by elaborately patterned umbilical cord like ducts. The patternwork is repetitive and tedious similar to activities and chores performed in the domestic setting. The repetitiveness in the monotonous process is to be understood as a form of meditation on maternal burnout. The larger shapes signify both literal ideas of biology, offspring, family ties, as well as geographical bonds to space and identity.

The inspiration for the work was drawn from a feeling of being tethered, bogged down and trapped, but also being given the privilege and gift of forever belonging to and being responsible for another human.

Ink and watercolor works on 18×24 inch 300 g watercolor paper

“Tiny Tethered” miniature series on 2×2 3/4inch 300g watercolor paper

Medium Sized Series on 6×8 inch 300g watercolor paper