Udaan is one of a series of works featuring the houses and balloons. In making it I continued with a process of experimenting with materials whose properties and qualities have captured my imagination since childhood. These include mud houses, which for me recall emptied homes; balloons, with their suggestion of escape and flight; and gold colour, symbolising a people’s natural inheritance. Udaan is expressive of our dreams for a lighter life, which is itself illusive. As I remake the work I’ve been dwelling on the fragility of the balloons, which can be burst so easily, and the flimsy, breakable nature of the houses that dangle from them. It connects with concerns about the displacement of people, nationally and internationally, and the huge difficulty finding a place of safety in which to resettle.

– Saud Baloch , “Udaan”

Selected Works