STUDIO VISIT

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Tell us about yourself and what led you to become an artist?

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Becoming an artist was a very intuitive process which started formally when I was 13 years old and began to learn drawing and painting through different teachers. Later I joined National College of Arts (NCA) and did Bachelors in Fine Arts, major in miniature painting. Recently completed Masters in Art & Design from Beaconhouse National University (BNU). These years of formally learning made me grew as a research based practicing artist. The idea of creation and exploration of different mediums is what lead me to become an artist and create works that are intriguing and very detailed.

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What’s your creative process?

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My forefather’s home was near old Lahore, which has an embedded history of the Mughal Empire. For the series ‘Out of City’ I photographed the architectural spaces of the surrounding areas that I often used to visit in my childhood and made drawings of the spaces in multiple perspectives that are inspired by the Mughal miniature paintings. I precisely cut windows and doors from the drawings and create depth through layers or by using colour in the artworks. Creating detailed works is a meditative process for me.

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What is wasli and what role does that play in your work.

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Wasli is a handmade archival paper, which originates from 10th century and was used by miniature painters in Mughal Empire. I deeply value my training of being a miniature painter therefore I use its sensibilities in the process of understanding art making and for creating my works. The layers of paper used in making wasli is the essence of my works.