Relic – XIII
(Pen and Ink on Wasli 6×8 inches / 15.24X20.32 cm 2020) My inspiration also hometown; Tulamba, an ancient historic ruined site located in southern Punjab, Pakistan. It leads me to look back at historic events which took place and are now embedded underground layer by layer. Having played on these ruins in my childhood, it was the place that fascinated and evoked curiosity in me. What was its original form and how did it turn into ruins? My work intends to invite viewers on a journey of grounded realities where they are expected to read between the lines with me. And be able to encircle the present with past. Medium pen and ink on wasli, I think is relevant to express the subject of archaeology. To find my subject, I looked back at my childhood to draw my connection with hometown. Style involves also evolves with my finding of signs, symbols, plans and historic events of Tulamba.
Land and Universe
(Pen & Ink on Paper 30×23.6 inches / 76×60 cm 2017) Work inspired me to study space junk in the context of ancient cultures including astronomic practices, celestial lore, religious beliefs, myths, legends and folk tales. My expectations is to take viewer on a journey with me and look how things open, build narratives and connection between land and universe while I investigate about Tulamba and looking back into our historic background. How we connect our present to the past through finding similarities between archaeology land and space. Medium chosen for this work is pen and ink on paper to show both simplicity and complexity. Delicate Mark making of ancient signs and symbols, incomplete forms represent space junk whereas, dots represent small space particles in it. Repetitive vertical marks construct horizontal lines leading towards formation of earth.
Gust – I
(Pen & Ink Wash on Canvas 20×20 inches / 50.8×50.8 cm 2019) This work is inspired by extreme and unpredictable weather conditions, regular floods and lower agricultural positions in Pakistan. This subject is significant to me because I think it is close to my investigation about Tulamba and what would had happened with it in past? Through this work, I am trying to show my subject matter in an abstract language from an aerial view which is infinite its own, repeating in an organic ways and is limitless. This work is trying to engage viewer to look and find out possibilities that led to the current state. Medium of this work is pen and ink washes on primed canvas and I think it is better medium to define the routes of the subject. Style of this work is abstract giving visual representation to my thoughts. Mark making disoriented by gust of ink washes achieved through my finger tips on a smooth surface.
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