Chair  
2011
Mixed Media with hoopoe bird

 

This artwork is an assemblage of a broken and burnt wooden chair and a stuffed Hoopoe bird. They are essentially modified found objects. I have used the Hoopoe as a symbol of suffering and survival in my artworks for the last six years, often in comparison to the Dove with olive branch. While the Dove was originally a Christian symbol, it was transformed into an iconic, secular symbol of peace by Pablo Picasso. Similarly, I have reworked the Hoopoe and olive branch as a symbol of survival in a secular context.