Since 2011, I have been developing within my practice a fictional spiritual community called Society of Friends. After a period of living in India, I questioned my desire and need to believe in something. However, I could not find what I was looking for but instead realized that the search was what I was really after. Saudade, a Portuguese word, is described as a vague and constant desire for something that does not and probably cannot exist. Society of Friends embodies that idea. They represent to me questions of power, wealth, religion, the real and the imaginary and the cloudiness between them.
In my works, I attempt to create their cosmology by combining the various cultural references I am interested in. These references range from physical items like Roman sculptures I had seen at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London to more esoteric sources like medieval alchemic or kundalini yoga texts. Ideally, I want to be a guide taking the viewer on a trip to my paradise. Whether we are traveling from East to West or West to East, I want to create a world between cultures and a place free from geographical or cultural boundaries.