Mahen Perera works mainly with found objects and material detritus that are often ignored, and seeks to analyze and challenge the conventional language used to talk about issues of identity and representation. The materials that he works with take on the traces of history, time and memory as a result of transformative physical manipulation, and he explores the vestigial spaces that are often left behind. Perera's works are evocative of the concept of absence and sometime even suggestive of archeology in the way that he intimately explores and celebrates the residual.