Batool Zehra believes that change is a constant reminder that the idea of permanence is ultimately a delusion. Everything is in process, the things that have form as well as the things without forms, like our thoughts, desires; experiences etc., all are subject to change. They alter, almost instantly or in time. What we have today becomes a memory tomorrow and ultimately everything disperses.
Her work is a process of something existing for some time and then dispersing. There is a process of deconstruction and reconstruction; she burns down different materials and then uses the ash to set up something new while creating time based installations, videos, stop motions, drawings etc. Different materials create a different quality of ash ranging from a very fine powdery form to a straight and textured one. Also the difference in materials gives diverse odours and a variety of gray and black shades to the ash. The use of the variant quality of ash further allowed her to grow with this material. Through various interesting experiments she has combined ash with different materials including wax, plaster, flour, corn flour, water, paper, glue, acetate, wood and canvas. Ash depicts the end of something that once existed. Although the idea of impermanence can be expressed through various mediums but Zehra chose ash as she finds a strong personal connection with it; which leads her to explore the uncertain experiences surrounding her through paintings,installations,performances,video works etc.