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'Always with those personal demons...' (2020)
'Always with those personal demons...' (2020)
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'Always with those personal demons...' (2020)

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Alka Dass

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In compositions of textiles made, found and embellished, Alka Dass stitches intricate invocations of “nostalgia, home, identity, feelings of displacement and alienation and just being an Indian woman in South Africa.” To the artist, her textile wall pieces are “a diary entry of sorts. They all represent a different period of a landslide of emotions I had encountered during the lockdown last year...I had been in Mexico and returned five days before the country declared quarantine. I found a large similarity between Mexican and Hindu myths and folk art. And I interpreted this coincidence through old, new and found textiles I had collected through the years.”
 
In Always with those personal demons..., Alka transcribes the lowest point of her isolation in colours that conceal lockdown’s grey monotony. “Having embroidered on a piece of fabric which I had since high school, I think the tapestry and bright colours hide the secrets I had been withholding for so long and is my favourite from the collection.”
 
36 x 32 cm | textile wall piece | unique
 
Alka Dass (b.1992) lives and works in Johannesburg. Originally from KwaZulu-Natal, she studied fine art at the Durban University of Technology. Alka works across mediums, her materials of choice more often found objects. In form, she favours the tactile and fragile – glueing pressed flowers to old photographs, stitching elaborate patterns on printed images, and creating intricate sculptural installations. “My work,” Alka told Oath Magazine in an interview, “looks at dissecting the tapestry of my culture and how each thread of thought has carefully given shape to the identity I have come to associate with myself and my community.”