This piece comes to us from Abeir Soukieh, who was born and raised in Canberra but whose ancestry stems from Lebanon, “so genetically her body would probs fare better in that climate”.

Artist’s statement:


A smooshing of the heart;
To be highly uncomfortable;
A severe pressing down upon;

When you stand there all subdued because you’re being gripped and jerked and kneaded by several thousand divergent ways of being all of which feel the need to insist upon you following theirs; theirs being the best, the rightest and the only way.


*Pronounced like ‘Nestle’.

© Abeir Soukieh, 2016