A group show titled “Peculiar Sanity” unveiled at Mussawir Art Gallery, Lahore in August featuring works of Anum Baig, Aun Raza, Farhat Kiani, Mavra Khokhar, Noor-ul-Huda, Unab Sumbul, Zainab Aziz, Zainab Mehmood, Zunaira Sultan.
For artist Anum Baig, the world is an institution. In her work, she uses specific nodes and aspects that remain unchanged throughout. She showcases the harmony in life, subconscious nostalgic memories and association with the surroundings. She explores the relation between imagination and pre-conceived notions.
The artist Aun Raza opines that it is not certain that merely flowers, landscapes, waterfalls and things of an aesthetic reckon in beauty of nature allure everyone. Sacrificing animals in the way of GOD is what captivates and fascinates the artist. His work depicts the movement, truth and reality of sacrifice as he terms them as heavenly. In the realm of still life, Raza portrays simple objects linked with the sacrificing of animals on Eid. The colourful leashes and colours used to adorn the animal are painted to depict the beauty of the feeling associated with the act itself. He also shows certain parts of the animal after the sacrificing has been done to associate the significance of its consumption. He continues to show the adorning emblems to establish the link between existence and absence.
For the artist Mavra Khokhar, not everything is as it seems. Her work is a direct reference to how reality seems to her, especially at first glance. Her judgment of things and objects are vividly distorted. She sees animals in humanly pictures and inanimate objects bursting with life and energy. Her un-conscious mind totally overtakes her conscious mind. Things, elements and even selective scenes stacked at back of her mind dwell upon as she starts working. Her work looks like amalgamations and juxtaposition of different thoughts together in a frame without any breathing space. Her packed compositions allow the paintings to be unique and may be even strange for some at the same time. This project of hers is an ode to “life how I see it “
Noor-ul-Huda’s work is all about moments of life that continue to inspire the artist as she captures them on her canvas. All of her work depicts actual events that take place daily in her life involving what people think, feel or act. These vivid expressions are what inspire the artist as portrays different elements of characters at various intervals of time. Certain acts and notions of people emerge as images for the artist that she prefers to paint in her style. She reflects on the ambiance that surrounds these characters, the feelings that rule their minds and hearts and the expressions that give away their feelings.
Farhat Kiani’s work revolves around the idea of knowing the significance of INSAN or human being. It raises an important question about the existence, the choices and fate. The Arabic word INSAN has two roots, the ‘Uns’ to love and ‘Nasiyah’ to forget. It indicates that it is in human nature to love and to forget; eventually making mistakes and yet the one that remains is this feeling of existence. She explores the notion of a human-being with a conscious or consciousness engulfing us.
Unab Sumbal explores the liberty to choose friends by choice or by intervention of fate. In her work, she gives the message of how the feelings of being conscious affect our lives and decisions. These images that she paints have left a profound reflection on her life in one way or the other. She reflects upon experiences that enrich us and creates a sense of value.
Zainab Aziz’s work draws its substance from the subtle expressions of nature that speak of human footprint. It is in the objects and situations that she finds fascinating clues to the multi-layered interaction between human form and Mother Nature. Whether it’s a landscape or cityscape, she emphasizes the lack of being in order to nurture the feeling of melancholy and belonging. Some of her works are an expression of the present mode of human society, wherein she finds a loss of organic connectivity. The others depicting sea shells, coral remnants and trees embody the yearning of Earth that the alienated individual is unable to respond. Her work is an attempt to stir and question the present mode of human consciousness by allowing it to see what has been blurred in a shifted focus.
Zainab Mehmood’s work is based upon the “Thoughts, Words and Deeds” – the three values that are significant elements of every individual. The misinterpretation, miscommunication and creating wrong impression is what she addresses through her work. Her work shows beautifully painted facades, doorways and windows that are symbolic to being openings of one’s nature and personality.
Zunaira Sultan’s sculptures are a reflection of human nature. She delves into how certain situations mold the personality and transform human beings. Her work revolves around the way the brain incept things.