“ I didn’t want to go down my past explorations directly looking at cults and local folk stories, but rather ask myself the question as to why I am so fascinated with these people and the lives they have decided to live outside of the norms of society. I wanted to look at my own family blood line as my grandparents are migrants from Egypt and moved to Australia during the war. Growing up in Australia I was never really aware of their full story and it was something that wasn’t discussed as if embarrassed by our heritage.
I have never fully felt I have a part of any certain group or social situation in my home town Melbourne. In these paintings I’m trying to depict both the transitions of my grandparents migration from Egypt to Australia, and also my own outsider feelings towards both the notations of place and time as well as hidden normality’s within a group and a individual.”