Anum Lasharie and Noormah Jamal You And I
Anum Lasharie’s paintings address the anxiety of a social being by investigating the relationship between physical and mental comfort. She is keenly aware of how the environment around us can affect our peace of mind. External forces which are not in our control can change our behavior and self-image. In Lasharie’s paintings, these forces act on the figure to create moments of varying discomfort or unease. There are often clear demarcations between the figure and her world, suggesting a rift. The figure is revealed or hidden, perhaps embroiled in an internal struggle of visibility.
Noormah Jamal's figures want to be seen, though they might not be sure of how exactly. Even if they sometimes occupy the space of the canvas a little awkwardly, they still confront the viewer’s gaze quite directly. Caught between their quiet defiance and a simultaneous self-consciousness, her portraits are whimsical yet haunting. We can choose to flip through them casually, or allow ourselves to read into them to imagine the secret lives of the people depicted. We can choose to liken them to a series of photographs taken from different angles, a little like someone trying to take the perfect selfie.
Date:March 1 - March 15, 2017