At a recent Calligraphic exhibition in mood with Ramazan, eminent Calligraphists displayed their work at Art Scene gallery. The paintings were well received by art lovers. Nigaah reproduces what a couple of these artists had to say about their work and their inspiration.
Being a visual artist understanding the effect of colors on human psyche and the symbolic meaning of an art work were my foremost priority.
Colors play a vital role on the human psyche. My work is inspired by this wonderful world of colors and their healing powers. Sound, fragrances and people all around inspire the colors I choose and the imagery that prevails in my work. From the time that a single painting begins to the time I complete it, the personalities, auras and moods of people around me shape my work, which makes each painting unique.
Spirituality, I believe, is my most fundamental muse; therefore, it is no wonder that through symbolism, I choose to express my perception of all that I see. There is a sense of freedom while painting symbolically because it is a language that can be deciphered differently by everyone, hence it is my way of sharing a secret with everyone, which gives me the ability to feel connected universally. .
Rumi’s poetry became my muse and a gentle guide to experience the universal love which bonds us all humans. My work has evolved my personal growth and understanding of the universe seen through the eyes and heart of the Sufi mystics.
Being from a culture where women tend to decorate everything from a shirt to a plate so as to celebrate the colors of our environment and thus my paintings are highly decorative and extremely colorful.
Therefore, like cosmology, my paintings give a message of unity in which the entire universe is taken as one whole unit including all creations – physical and metaphysical bonded in one focal unit all engaged in worship of God. This was the message of the mystic Sufi’s. Thus, my paintings are transformed as my life’s passion and a never ending road to spiritual discovery.
Creations that are heartfelt touches other hearts and souls. Painting for me is a prayer, a meditation, a whisper of hope and a smile which brightens up the spirit. I consider myself foremost a healer and through my work I try to create a sense of joy and harmony.
My paintings … A simple message of peace to heal the ones who gaze upon them.
“Words destroy, words create; They will be all or none, as you choose.”
Whether within our own thoughts, spoken or written, letters have the powerful potential to transform the world we live in. They give expression to our lives, our souls, our deepest longings and strongest emotions. They can stir every kind of emotion inside us. They can take us on fantastical adventures or transport us to another place. They can build us up, or tear us down. They can mend a broken heart or they can be source of the damage in the first place.
The power of letters is hard to comprehend, and impossible to resist. For even one word made out of these letters can make all the difference in the world, and bring happiness or sadness depending on what it is. Such is their power. Letters are an expression. Just like art is. And these two are like forces of nature – embodiments of our emotion, our creative thought; our very ideas.
“Huroof” is an attempt to combine the brimming energy of these two elements. It is an endeavor to create something new and beautiful out of them – a fusion of the sagacious wisdom behind text and the maddening passion of art.
A letter can be as simple as I and as complicated as it. And strokes of vibrant colors or simply the shades of grey that etch this word from a pencil lend greater meaning to it. This is the idea behind “Huroof”. To capture the beauty created by the embrace of art with letters and to preserve it in a canvas that lasts.
This union is made possible by merging the ancient knowledge of Islamic calligraphy with the unorthodox innovations of today, so that every new combination astounds and amazes everyone from the casual viewer to the keen observer.
“Huroof” makes use of all forms of paints and pencils, but the medium is not as important as the message itself. For out of even the most ordinary color, rises something remarkably extraordinary. And so, every canvas, every illustration is a masterpiece which holds a different meaning for anyone who is drawn to its mystique and everyone who gazes into its depth.
Enter a world of words and art, and let its vibrant colors cast their spell upon you!