A group exhibition by Kiran Saleem, Sadia Safdar and Saleha Qureshi recently unveiled at ArtKaam Gallery in Karachi. Apt to the name, the three artists highlighted their message in their own individual style.
_ With a major in sculpture and miniature painting from Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture, Sadia Safdar works with fiber and wire mesh. She finds the process of layering and constructing an image with the material challenging and enjoyable. Inspired by the works of Zahoor-ul-Akhkaq and Rashid Rana who have used grid pattern in their art practices, she finds the small fragment work especially appealing. In her work, the grid divides the space into fragments where the viewer when views it from a certain distance can see the image more clearly. As one goes a little closer, the image becomes unclear. The visuals that she chose to depict relates to old architecture of Karachi and its environs.
Saleha Qureshi’s work is a mix of photographs of the sea taken from the window. As a child she visited the sea several times building a connection with it however that connection became faint with time. Her paintings depict how the image of the sea embedded in the artist’s mind fades with time. The blurriness and the darks depict one’s mind. With time the images in our heads fade and blur as life goes on. As it’s said, “Nothing stays forever.”