In a recent four-person group show at Artscene, the work of Eeman Khan, Khadijah Rehman, Kiran Waseem and Sana Saeed was displayed.
Eeman’s work depicted women with composed facial expressions that hinted at the underlying turmoil. Devoid of adornments and stripped down bare, her portraits of women are more ‘ghostly, confronting and fragile’ as the artists describe. At a first glance, her work may look like just another portrait, however at a close look; it narrates the inner story of battles and struggles. The artist has painted the portraits to depict confidence even when most vulnerable. From the daily trivial hurdles she faces to the gigantic confrontations, the artist skillfully hides the trauma and yet unveils it. Like a mask hiding the pain and yet revealing everything. She uses pastels, soft hues and a diffuse effect that suggests life engulfing the characters and not so perfect after all.
Khadijah Rehman’s work speaks about the human connection with nature and its gradual transition from one life to another. Using water colour on paper, she delves into the ethos of life that suggests how a human being witnesses the withering of the blooming nature, the gliding away of the season and the swift shift from one form into next. Her work also allude the capricious nature of life itself when we become the part of the earth itself and wither away to the next world. In short, her work is about witnessing the death of nature and then becoming the part of the same soil when we die.
Kiran Waseem’s work touches upon the idea of infusing imagination and memory throughout the life journey. Her process includes multiple layers to create a certain motion by putting paint on the surface which fades away its quality. She compares travelling to layers of memory fusing with imagined events. Her work suggests how memory and imagination intermingles into one, unable to tell where memory ends and imagination starts. Her work is mostly about city landscapes that the artists seem to have visited and now uses her imagination to invoke her memory.
Sana Saeed’s work renders the philosophy of “leaving traces” behind. She choose the ordinary elements including walls, doors, stains on clothes, dust particles on different objects, that gets collected over time and leaves a mark. She dwells on the viewpoint of having similar elusive and intangible marks in the memories that leave a trace.
The artists portrays her idea through painting of regular objects such as an old paper kept inside a book for ages or an old cloth lying around somewhere inside or outside has countless stories to tell. Her work focuses on the uncertainty of life itself for one moment it is present and the other it is gone. She suggests “nothingness” which lies between present and past, a stage where person looses his/her sense of belonging. For her all these thoughts and experiences are traces which are left behind by people to be remembered.
She uses various mediums to record the presence of time which is embossed in countless surfaces around us. She never sticks to one medium as she believes that every memory and trace demands its own medium. Her work uses installations, photography, film, writing and painting. Her aim is to dig deep inside the surface of these neglected marks and develop a meaningful conversation.