The Locket is part of my series of paintings titled Rural Inhabitants, which focuses on reawakening the memories left behind in abandoned houses. Memories may not be visible but linger in the forms that still exist. In effort to describe the past, I have introduced the human figure. The figure represents a memory while the structure itself is associated with the present reality. Inspired by the tendency to bury the past away in structures incapable of existing forever, the memories of the past too become a form, tangible and capable of decay.
The little girl in the painting wears a locket, an object that contains images of the people or things closest to her. The locket signifies a deeper sense of who she is and the beauty of this piece is in the mystery of the unknown.