Neither Born Nor Dying

Hand embroidery (Aari work with Dabka metal thread) on velvet, teeth, hair, various fabrics and miscellaneous objects, 30” x 40”, 2011


Neither Born Nor Dying explores the overlaps between the ordinariness of a mundane existence and the extraordinariness of the feeling of ultimate bliss, the subliminal, meditative space or nothingness, when time and space cease to exist in eastern philosophy. It is concerned with the absence of life and death in the passivity of inaction. The constant rediscovery implied in self exploration is lacking in living through a recurrence and redundance of activity from day to day. Could there be bliss in ordinariness?

.. the everyday has this essential trait: it allows no hold. It escapes. It belongs to insignificance, and the insignificant is without truth, without reality, without secret, but perhaps also the site of all possible signification. The everyday escapes. This makes its strangeness - the familiar showing itself (but already dispersing) in the guise of the astonishing. It is the unperceived, first in the sense that one has always looked past it; nor can it be introduced into a whole or ‘reviewed’, that is to say, enclosed within a panoramic vision; for, by another trait, the everyday is what we never see for a first time, but only see again, having always arleady seen it by an illusion that is, as it happens, constitutive of the everyday.

- The Everyday, edited by Stephen Johnstone, Documents of Contemporary Art, 2008