At the recent group show at Art Scene young artists presented a visually thought provoking exhibition of works and here we reproduce some artist statements that tell us their view on the art they have created.
''The really magical things are the ones that happen right in front of you. A lot of the time you keep looking for beauty, but it is already there. And if you look with more attention, you see it..''
Considering myself as an object, having a journey of time and place, shifting from Lahore to Jacobabad, I intend to see things in different/altered/desired/given contexts. Living in the times, where there is Red everywhere, my image making practice deals with the idea of altering the context of violent tools with aesthetically beautiful and harmless such as Beads/Moti. Using embroidery references in my work has a metaphorical reasoning for depicting the dreadful experience of a woman caused by the violent tools, stitched in her pillow, the fearful experience converted into beautiful and vivid embroidery designs and patterns.
I live in two different types of worlds with different enviaroment. One is my village Shikarpure and the other being Lahore where I am setting my life up.The conflict and difference between these two worlds and how that affects me, suffocates me and alienates me is what forms the basis of my visual and artistic practice. In my work a viewer may recognize elements of growth and expansion but strangely juxtaposed with images of blackness and hunting images with polythene bags on them signifying suffocation.
In some way the work is a reflection of alienation and struggle,which I face as an individual and which I find in the fate of our nation. My work is about my observation and about my village life. My work is about the body and eye existence of my person. I explore a persons body by the negative and positive forms of the body. Going they many phases of life my work is about the surrounding and things around me.In my work the different layers shows reality. When I was in my village I was unknown its all the materials. Forms reflect the personality and my work is about the visual expression.
In my new work I have developed my visual vocabulary. In my work the transformation of images are important, that is why I have done overlapping of the images. My main source of inspiration is form of the human body. Most of my work are on the human body and its anatomy.But they express different mods. My work is on the making of images, some are figure overlapping which I real life are not like that. The colors of the skin is also different. Main oure of expression in the paintings are the human body.
Lotus represents purity and is nature beauty. Lotus also represents my thinking.Lotus is the common symbol of traditional miniature. My work represents the loneliness of a person. That’s why single figure represents it. My work gives the different mood and fantasy memory to the viewers. In my work I we figurative imagery. My work is about me and my personal feelings. My work is developed layer by layer. Throw colors I have expressed my feelings. I have twisted things and shown in my paintings. Which means like things are seen I have not treated than like that. Instead of that I have shown my feelings in them. Shown it as ones suffocation,for example if someones body dragged he/she turned blue. I have used polythene as a symbol. Polythene is a state of mind which is still and is not moveable.