In Perfect Harmony, acrylic paint & mirrors, 80"x48"x2"
Breaking Up, acrylic paint, mirrors, glass, jewelry ornaments, 30"x30"x2"
The Kiss, oil paint & mirrors, 30"x30"x2"
The Orifice, oil paint & mirrors, 30"x30"x2"
In these works, broken pieces of lotus pods are used to create new formations. The works is about renewal of life. I used the lotus because it is an ancient symbol of rebirth, self-awareness, and spiritual enlightenment. It grows from muddy waters but rises above the water’s surface, not touched by it, rising clean and pure toward the bright sunshine. Mirrors incorporate the viewer's reflection in the works. The round lotus pods, whole and complete, are set in squares, representative of mandalas.
In Breaking Up, the pieces show the lotus pods from different perspectives. The Kiss has pieces leaning toward each other and fusing in the center, set in a geometric pattern of broken mirrors. The Orifice alludes to sucking of all vitality with the draining reds, and a struggle to escape with the pieces escaping and floating out. Broken parts coming together to form a new, more beautiful and complete whole set in a perfect square.
In Perfect Harmony was fashioned after Oriental rug designs. This painting employs the concept of rug designs, symbolizing the identity of a community through the use of metaphors and symbols that tell the story of a people. I used the lotus metaphor and designed the work to illustrate the peaceful state of reaching perfect harmony.
NEEDLE WORK REPLICATIONS OF LOTUS SERIES
Breaking Up II, embroidery, needlework, beads, glass, 30"x30"x2"
The Kiss II, embroidery, needlework, beads, glass, 30"x30"x2"
The Orifice II, embroidery, needlework, beads, glass, 30"x30"x2"
I had the paintings replicated in hand embroidery and needlework. Needlework is one of the hallmark arts and craft of tradition in Pakistan and South Asia. Growing up, this is the art medium I learned in school until I went to the art college. These works show the parallel art media, the indigenous cultural craft and the traditional fine art.