This work was created as a representation of my memories and feelings that are connected with a Homophobic experienced, I had many years ago when I was attacked by a gang of youths.
They take form in the way of images, creating a dark mood and ominous atmosphere, with some images taking on symbolic meaning. I wanted to re-create the threatening atmosphere I felt, and so, therefore, creating tension in a staged world in my mind.
Transformed by using my everyday surroundings and objects that I feel a sense of tension from, giving the images a sense of fear and anxiety, that I thought was long forgotten but was really just buried deep in my subconsciousness.
The number of homophobic attacks in the UK rose by 147 per cent in the first three months following the Brexit vote, according to figures compiled by an LGBTQ anti-violence charity.
Not long after my attack, a well-loved and well-known friend to lots of people in the LBGTQ community was killed in a homophobic attack. Although I will never forget that very traumatic night I experienced, I feel very lucky to be alive and well.
The title for this series comes from the Arabic meaning of Ayshe.