A solo show featuring woks by artist Marium Kamal opened recently at Full Circle Gallery, Karachi.
Emotions move through us when they are accepted and expressed. When this happens, feelings enliven us and fuel our creativity through expressive arts media. Expressive arts serve primarily as a road into feelings and this is what Marium Kamal focuses on.
‘My Deep-Seated Fear of Confrontation’ explores the idea of social anxiety, depression and how abstract an idea it is in our society. The work talks about the artist’s personal experience with growing up with it and failing to have it addressed as a real problem because of the stigma with mental health. She had a hard time all her life communicating and expressing her feelings.
In her paintings Kamal shows turmoil, chaos and confusion through abstract expression. The bold colours depict the harshness of life that has a profound impact on trivialities of life. Equally inspiring is the subtle hint of hope that she portrays through her painting titled ‘My little circle of hope’. Here the hues of blue and yellow are symbolic of emergence of a better life ahead. The shades of blue, red and yellow are predominantly used by the artist to create interesting amalgamation that showcases the intensity of her feelings. Tolerance, harmony and peace are the key messages that Kamal communicates through her paintings. Her abstract paintings are a narrative of emotional mayhem that depicts disarray through her bold brushstrokes.
Kamal is a young aspiring artist who is a graduate of Fine Arts from the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture (IVS). She and her husband run a collected called the Six Eyes Collective that works primarily on promoting Art in Karachi.