In Lush Fixations, the body of works attempts to create two situations; a celebration and an accusation. The first, is to negate codes. The drawings are an attempt to celebrate body, sex and sexuality, and are regarded as a challenge and confrontation to power that prefers to keep sex and sexuality behind the closed doors of conservatism.
The drawings of the body are coupled with selected plant species to emphasize the overtness of sexuality. The notion of ‘lush’ in the context of the drawings are regarded as sexual, not fertile. The titles play with the Latin names of plants to produce meanings of their own.
The second segment, in sculptural form, point fingers at the finger pointers. Sexuality has been the whipping boy of religious fundamentalism and doctrine to dominate relationships, appearance, and agency. This body of works is an reaction towards the effort to stifle and codify all expressions of sexuality, and in an ironic twist, reveals the conservatist fixation on the very thing that they are trying to suppress. Both drawings and sculptures, come together to formulate the exhibition title; Lush Fixations.
Nadiah Bamadhaj – Lust Fixations