The title for Yasmin Qureshi’s project ‘Red Telephone’ was influenced by the hit tv show 24 hours in a&e, symbolising a moment of stillness when the phone rings in some Britain’s busiest A&E departments.
Rooted in her own personal experiences of trauma, Yasmin’s practise explores the subconscious, focuses on a specific experience conflicting the mind and the use of drawing to come to terms with them. Utilising Donald W Winnicott's therapeutic technique Squiggle drawing, she disconnects from the memories themselves and connects to the imagery she creates to help explore past experiences in a new way.
Exploring her own childhood memories she developed a series of works, splitting a 14 x 19cm tile into 12 unique artworks. These are then made into brooches, so that people can wear them and feel a sense of ownership over their own difficult experiences. Sectioning a large piece into smaller segments also helped collectivise the narrative of trauma and creates connections between the people that wear them.
Her love for acrylic comes from the medium’s playful nature, as she was able to experiment with etching, embroidery and paint, creating a variety of textures. The acrylic’s opaque quality lends itself to the concept of her work being a window into the past, visualising warped memories and how they change over time.
Recognised as one of the '24 Most Influential Bristolians Under 24' Yasmin has developed a series of workshops that engage other people in the squiggle drawing process and creates space to explore the theory of transitional objects, where items can create physiological comfort. Find out more about these here.