A solo exhibit of work by artist Meryam Asim was a rare treat for art lovers displayed in July at VM Art Gallery, Karachi. The exhibition “Journey to Neverland” aimed to motivate masses and provide visual relief for art lovers to fulfill their social responsibilities for preserving our natural resources for the future generations.
Meryam Asim showed her wire sculptures that are widely known as a folk art having a history dating back thousands of years. In ancient times, wire art had been passing through various developmental stages absorbing in its rapid advancement of technological creativities of time.
In a bid to revive the art of wire sculpturing and with a view to conserve the dwindling heritage of wire art, the artist maneuvered to make use of the existing technological innovations. She focused upon the gifts of nature and chose to create miniature models of plants and trees by assembling refined metal wires with stones, beads and various metal objects. She was moved by different shapes of trees which evoked in her the desire to recreate their miniature models. Urbanization has proved fatal to the environmental order as a result of which natural plantation and foliage is disappearing fast and the cities give a despicable picture of disregard and carelessness of the environmental managers. Her exhibition gives a nudge to the slumbering minds to reinvigorate efforts for the sake of protection of the planet earth from deforestation and environmental imbalance.
Her clay sculptures which are mainly Fairy House Lamps show the habitat of fairytales creatures as perceived by the artist. She started to make the fairy house lamps with air drying clay. These are small structures for the fairies and woodland creatures, ranging from simple to intricate “Fairy Mansions", these whimsical habitats led her to the fantasy world of her childhood. For the artist, creating fairy houses offered a unique activity and encouraged her to connect with the natural world and respect the environment.