Matte ur Dhagah, an interesting solo show by Aliya Yousuf recently unveiled at Artchowk Gallery in Karachi.
Using clay and thread as her main theme, Yousuf experiments with both organic materials that present numerous possibilities to unearth various meaningful interpretations. Going through fire one perishes and turns into ashes. These ashes are left behind as a dark residue that can be breezed away from its original place and the other remains and eventually become the remnants of the past. These remains that turn into fossil narrates a different story that alters from its past. The meaning of object changes from its origin as they are distinguished in relation to their property and usage.
Her work is reflective of the events and happenings that surround us in our daily life. By exploring the intrinsic nature and characteristics of Matte and Dhagah, she narrates her expression. Dhagah is taken as a flexible and useful medium, simple and harmless, yet when it gets tangled, it presents a challenge to undo the convoluted problems imbibed in it. She uses the Dhagah as a metaphor that relates to the intricate upheavals in our lives that if tried to resolved present a bigger predicament of a diverse nature altogether. The artists dabbles in ceramic that present an individuality of her work. She experiments with the material and investigates the various nature of it and makes it behave to its form. Her work is always been turning intangible into tangible. The subjectivity of thought, an event or a feeling with or behind the thought is depicted through her work.