Artist Annem Zaidi showcased her work titled “An Ode To Motherhood” in a solo exhibition at Full Circle Gallery in early May. Her work is a depiction of a motherhood journey through the eyes of a visual artist. Through her paintings, she portrays the dichotomy of sorts, between the emotional self and physical self that every expecting mother experiences, as she carries her child from its initial inception to its final beginning into this life. Her work highlights plethora of emotions, ranging from fear and insecurity, to a sense of calm, surrender, and determination, against all odds. She has also celebrated the female body, in all its maternal glory, a beauty so rare, that it can only be found when it gives itself up selflessly and wholly to another being.
Her figurative work symbolizes maternal sacrifice through total abandonment of self. Titled as Confessions, Infused with Love, Nesting Syndrome, Unmet Promises, Undaunted, The Primordial Inception, The Nascent Longing, Of Imminent Arrivals, Mortal’s Prayer and Interlude are depictions of crossing from one threshold to the other and embracing the feeling of motherhood.
She shows the emotions in a silhouette of a woman shrouded in a cloth. Draped in various emotions, her paintings are about the sentiments and sensations of a mother as she passes through various stages right from the inception to the final glorified moment of treasuring her love.
A graduate of NCA, Lahore, Annem Zaidi has to her credit solo and numerous group shows both locally and internationally.