My practice explores ways to express the poetics of everyday life through the construction of visual and material narratives that celebrate the ordinary. By re-appropriating natural forms and discarded fragments from the urban environment, I create wearable and non-wearable objects that address the notions of ‘place’ as both a physical and emotional manifestation of home and belonging. Seeking out and tracing parallel spaces of existence, the artefacts become a portal into an obscure world of wishes, whims and yearnings, thereby prompting reflection into the entangled relationships that bind humans to particular places and objects. In the search for comfort through familiar sounds, smells and textures, such objects become sensory pathways into the imaginary landscapes that are representations of the places we call ‘home’. The interplay of materials and their deliberate manipulation become intrinsic to the creation of a multilayered collage of new associations and meanings, where the visible and the invisible coexist to engage the viewer in a dialogue with the object, and consequently, the self. Here, time stands still as a process of constant mediation between realism and artifice begins through the vistas of memory, nostalgia, and remembrance. In the endless quest to find home, the craft process itself becomes a means to an end to reframe a narrative of belonging, of finding solace in being ‘out-of-place’.
Sahr Bashir is a visual artist working across the disciplines of contemporary art, craft and design. Following a postgraduate degree from UNSW Art & Design, Sahr has taught in the tertiary education sector to develop curricula and creative workshops for faculty, art and design professionals and students. She was the recipient of the Alumni Excellence Award for Education by the Australian Government in 2014 for her contribution in skills training and community development through craft and design interventions. Sahr’s doctoral research at UniSA examines how art and craft making practices may be critical to conceptual constructions of belonging and identity. Her commitment to the field of creative arts is extended through her role as an ambassador for Art Jewelry Forum since 2016, a platform for encouraging conversation and collaboration on a global scale. Sahr is a member of the editorial board for Garland, a World Crafts Council publication, where she is also a contributing writer. Her work is sold through galleries in Australia and internationally.