Treasures of Time

By: Aysha Shaikh

Smethwick, United Kingdom

Artist Statement

My art symbolizes the elderly in our society and reflects the inevitable stage in a human’s life cycle. The contrast in color (the people are black and white, while the jewelry is in color) expresses the idea that objects outlive the people who wear and use them. Each individual’s most prized possession is featured expressing the beauty of individuality. The woman in this piece is my grandmother. The map behind her shows her travels and her Pakistani sari shows her origins in contrast to the man’s clothing, which is an expression of western culture. Their weathered skin and rough wrinkles link with the map’s background revealing the treks these individuals embarked on during their youth. These two individuals represent the community of elderly people who often fear what the future may bring for them.