Deriving from the fact that I am a Pakistani-born American immigrant, my work is a melding of my two cultural identities depicted through social satires. Living in two cultures I view each in multiple, sometimes confusing perspectives. It is a complex subject expressed in a variety of media.
The central image is a hollow female form, veiled or unveiled. Wearing the veil is a growing practice among Muslim women. It is a culture that I both share and have distance from. The image appears in my drawings, paintings, sculptures, and installations.
I have paired some of the figures with text in Urdu, my native language. The words come from famous Pakistani and Urdu poets, notably, Faiz Ahmed Faiz and Mirza Ghalib, both of whom wrote powerfully about freedom and change. The cluster of black text transforms their linguistic power into an explosion of visual energy. The text has both literal and aesthetic meaning as a flowing pattern. With the ethereal figures it enables a dialogue with the viewer or monologue between mind and body.
The work poses many questions for viewers of each culture to examine. Can the work be considered figurative Islamic art? (They appear to be figurative, yet there are no human figures but emptiness.) Do the images threaten non-Muslim westerners? Are these empty, veiled figures Feminist art, representing emerging freedom to think?
Artist Bio / CV
BORN Karachi, Pakistan.
Currently lives in Dallas, TX.
2000-M.F.A., Texas Christian University Fort Worth, TX
1998-B.F.A., Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
SELECTED EXHIBITIONS: Museums and Non-Profit Art Venues
V.M. Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan.
The Arts Gallery, UTD, Richardosn, TX.
Haggerty Gallery, UD, Dallas, TX.
The Art Gallery, UTA, Arlington, TX.
Texas Bienniel, Austin, TX,
“National Art Gallery ” Islamabad, Pakistan,
The MAC, Dallas, TX.
Alliance Française Gallery Karachi, Pakistan.
Arlington Museum of Art, Arlington, TX.
Women and Their Work Gallery, Austin, TX.
CSAW Houston, TX.
Rockwall Art Center, Rockwall, TX,
Contemporary Art Center, Sacramento, CA.
Amin Gulgee Gallery Karachi, Pakistan.
Betty Rymer Gallery The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL.
Sadeqain Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan,
Dallas Center for Contemporary Arts, TX.
Diverse Works, Houston, TX.
Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL.
Irving Art Center, Irving, Texas.
Fort Worth International Center, Fort Worth, TX.
Memorial Union, ASU, Tempe, AZ.
SELECTED EXHIBITIONS: Commercial Venues
Anya Tish Gallery, Houston, TX.
Mighty Fine Arts Gallery, Dallas, TX,
Studio 107 Gallery, Austin, TX,
500X Gallery, Dallas TX.
Gerald Peters Gallery, Dallas, TX,
Broadway 417 Gallery, New York, NY,
Gescheidle Contemporary, Chicago, IL.
Frisbee Fair, Plush Gallery, Miami, FL.
Craighead-Green Gallery, Dallas, TX.
Continental Gallery, Dallas, TX.
Art One Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ.
Indus Art Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan.
WRR 1011.1 FM DFW Classical Radio Station, Dallas Arts Review, Catalogue by Charissa N. Terranova, The Daily Dawn, Karachi Pakistan., Artlies, Star-Telegram, Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, Star Time, Irving News, The News, Karachi, Pakistan, Graphic Impressions ( newsletter)
GRANT, FELLOWSHIP, AND RESIDENCY
Artist Grant, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT, Fellowship Residency, Women's Studio Workshop, Rosendale, NY, and Artist in Residence, Coronado Studios, Austin, TX.