A group show of four women artists recently unfolded at ArtScene Gallery in Karachi featuring the works of Hafsa Shaikh, Imrana Shujah, Mahab Siddiqui and Zarmena Aslam.
Hafsa Shaikh’s work captures the beauty of the rainy season with a profound sense of perspective and depth. The study of light, movement, and color is shown in a particular manner as it captures the drizzle of rain nearly giving an abstracted view of nature. The foreground of the painting shows a dreamy vision with rainy drops engulfing the melancholy mood. Her oil on canvas work and its dramatic perspective employed by the artist seem to offer a vision quite different from the usual landscape paintings.
Imrana Shujah paints solitary figures in a rural setting. Her characters come across as strong, opinionated with specific circumstances shaping their minds and nurturing their thoughts. The half turned figures suggest subdued glances that probe the mindset of a secular society. Her work explores the themes of class, identity and bucolic influence.
The genre that Mahab Siddiqui chooses in her art work is still life. She paints a stack full of newspapers that profess a pragmatic solution to recording history. Highlighting the significance of the news and its medium, Siddiqui brings out the different forms of newspapers that are now in a state of oblivion. It also suggests an obsolete and dying medium. She shows a new way of looking at the ordinary objects around us and how their specific arrangement gives a new meaning.
Zarmena Aslam’s brings out the beauty of the feminine gender. She depicts the feminine energies which are nurturing, cooperative, and compassionate. The divergent representation of women shown in her work hints at a confident stance. The furtive glances are suggestive of subdued environs that perhaps create a confining ambiance.