‘whatever makes you cold freezes me is informed by childhood memories of visiting an ancestral tomb in my mother’s village in West Java. In my memory, my ancestor Mbahrajapadumi was buried between mango tree roots in a field, with her daughters buried between buttress roots either side of her. I remember being told as a child that Mbahrajapadumi was a Sundanese princess who abandoned her title for love, though the lines between memory/imagination and fact/fiction have become increasingly blurred over time.
Human and nonhuman body parts, sourced from magazines and wildlife books, merge with bodily watercolour forms in recognition of the composite and mutational nature of both memory and the body. I am comforted by the belief that Mbahrajapadumi, her daughters and the mango tree roots all exist within my limbs.’ – Sofiyah Ruqayah