Today Flaunt speaks to Bhabha in a digital approximation of her erstwhile physical form.
What draws you to using detritus as material for your sculptures?
It’s free and can be almost anything, and it’s exciting to give something new life or be part of something that deals with rejuvenation.
How do you find beauty in things that are discarded?
Finding a new use for something discarded in my work makes it beautiful for me and to quote Arundhati Roy: “But beauty can arrive uninvited can it not? It can fall upon things unexpectedly, like sunlight stealing through a chink in the curtains.”*.2
What are some of your biggest inspirations? Do they come from the world around you, or other artists?
I would say both... I’m inspired by art, nature and what’s happening in the world, almost everything I encounter is a possible source of inspiration.
How does your Pakistani identity manifest in your works?
The physical reality of the landscape in and around the city of Karachi where I grew up has a strong presence in my work, and otherwise I am just an artist.
“What led you to start drawing on photographs?”*.3
A lot of thinking and looking.
Please describe your studio/your ideal studio.
My present studio is quite ideal. It’s approximately 1800 square feet, well lit, has beautiful yellow ceramic bricks covering the floor and walls, two garage doors and a drain in the center of the floor, it’s the ground floor of an old firehouse.
*.1 Associated Press. “Anthony Crolla never lost hope of winning WBA world title after injury,” Guardian, November 2015.
*.3 Art in America, November 2010. † Original question read: Is there a specific process you follow before creating a sculpture?