I am primarily a visual person and am always observing images and ideas which have yet to take form. That was the case for my new series of images to memorialize the changing events to the world geography. My work addresses gender roles/gender assignment, the fragility of family dynamics, domestic issues and the underlying threads of culture that emphasize my background. Often times these themes are combined into drawings and images that feature symbolic objects, infinite backgrounds, broken tracks with embellished borders and text. I usually work on several bodies of work concurrently. Collaged text has now become a very prominent feature in my work and I continue to use the same text and medium. As I try to come to understand with the unspeakable events of the existing world, my drawings reflect the outpouring of grief, loss and the ultimate destruction of our world.
The drawings are conceptually based on the metaphysical aspects of tormented world. It is an attempt to represent the current world as far as symbolism is concerned. The symbol of stitches – central to the concept of connecting, normally has a positive association, but has a contradictory value when placed in this context.
The world has changed; I see this new world through the eyes of my childhood. The world that was one, the haven that ensured us one of the things we prize most highly – existence. It was the sure place, the place next to our survival. Consciousness of being at peace in one’s country or land produces a sense of existence, and this in turn radiates life.
There is a map of the world in the lines and stitches that I draw on these papers. And, I have seen a few new lines on these drawings that appeared to chart a new world. Let’s build the world again for us and all the others who lost it. Cultivate love and peace and start living all over again.
Artist Bio / CV
Born, raised and educated in Lahore, Pakistan. In 1996 earned an M.F.A. degree in Printmaking and Drawing with distinction at Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York. Exhibited in 2007 at Los Angeles Municipal Gallery, Los Angeles, Woman Made Gallery and Black Walnut Gallery, Chicago, Abrons Art Center - Henry Street Settlement, New York and Projekt30, New York. In 2006 at the 7th Annual ArtWallah Festival, Los Angeles. In 2003 at the Residence of the Pakistani Ambassador to the US, New York and The World Bank Art Gallery, Washington, D.C. in 2002. Also exhibited at the Biennial of Print-Arts, Museum of Fine Arts, India, in 2001 to 2003, Bronx Museum, New York in 2000 and 1997. Awarded an Outstanding Achievement Award in Studio Arts and Pratt Circle Award in 1996 at Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York. Also received a De Forest Grant at Pratt Institute for a year 1994-95. Received a B.F.A. in Printmaking in 1991 at National College of Arts in Lahore, Pakistan. Awarded a four-year Merit Scholarship at National College of Arts from 1987 to 1991 and graduated with honors. Exhibited in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington, D.C., Boston, Japan, Republic of China, Taiwan, India, Sweden and Pakistan. Art work in permanent collection of The World Bank Gallery, Washington, D.C., The Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York, and The Print Department, New York Public Library, New York. Various private collections in Korea, Pakistan, New York, Germany and Japan.