A group show was recently held displaying the work of the students graduating from the Centre of Excellence in Art and Design (CEAD), Jamshoro. The exhibition was a collection of thesis work by some of the most talented students of the graduating class.
Aasma Usman has worked in oil paints and mixed media. She explores landscapes through her art, including manipulation of its effects and the limits based on our assumption of what landscape means to us. Her work attempts to link the reality of nature and the way it is perceived by us. A particularly poignant piece shows what appears to be a dust storm. The painting is hazy and unclear, in the distance one can make out some trees in an otherwise barren field. Nature, while beautiful and moving, can also be devasting and dangerous. Her painting is a good reminder of how we often don’t see nature as a threat.
Afsah Ahmed, uses a variety of styles, techniques and mediums in her work. She makes use of etching, aquatint, bubble drop, dry point and photoetching, among others. She uses her art to express her feelings and idea and for this very reason has named her thesis, Moods and Expressions. Her work is very personal and leaves a lot of room for individual interpretation. Alishba Khan Rajput majored in Painting and has been awarded “Honors” for her thesis. Her work is based on the concept of crumpled surface which reflects the natural phenomenon of light and colours. Her work is rich in texture and due to the technique used plays wonderfully well with light and shadows. A particularly eye catching piece is done in shades of yellow, green, orange and blue. The vivid colour palette compliments the dark shadows caused by the crumpled paper effect that the artist recreates on canvas.
Ammara Mazari, highlights social issues and injustice though her work. Art is a powerful medium of communication and for raising awareness and Ammara is using hers for this worthy cause. In a country that is ravaged by lawlessness and disorder and where chaos seems to be the norm, it is important for the art community to speak up against the wrongs that surround us. A particularly powerful piece shows a man, with his arms raised high holding a baton/stick, as if in victory, and behind him things burn, possibly tires. It is not unusual to see damage to property and life when people protest and perhaps, this painting is highlighting this very issue. It is every citizens right to protest against what they believe is wrong, but there are ways of doing so. A peaceful and non-violent protest that is safe for all should be the norm, however, the opposite seems to be true.
Aqsa Bhutto graduated with Distinction for her thesis display from CEAD. Her thesis work is on installations and she has made use of pins, thorns and other materials on different objects to express her grief, pain and even anger surrounding certain cultural expectations. A rather thought provoking piece shows a beautiful gold mirror, where the mirror has been damaged so that a clear reflection isn’t visible. A commentary on how society expects individuals to look a certain way and if one doesn’t conform, one is often judged and taunted for it.
These are just some of the artists who displayed their work at this exhibition. However, what they all have in common is their passion and love for art. The use their skill and talent to showcase their best work and ideas.