Rest In Power (2017) is a body of work dedicated to twelve women from various cultural backgrounds whose murders have impacted me deeply. It is important to make the distinction between identifying the women’s passings as murders and not only death, to emphasize the inherent daily threat of violence faced by women across the world. The women featured in Rest in Power suffered domestic abuse, honour killing, and femicide. The title serves to restore their power in the afterlife, and in turn resurrect their memories in peace.
Shauna Singh Baldwin’s novel The Selector of Souls serves as a framework for this project. The three paintings reference scenes from the novel while the drawings honour each of the women who were murdered and are inspired by the fictional goddess, Anamika Devi, from Baldwin’s novel.