We are always on the look out for fresh talent, and this up and coming star caught our eye! Nikhar Riaz chats with the young artist about what makes her tick.
When did you realize a career as an artist was for you?
The moment I spontaneously decided to drop A-level Art as a subject and begged theÂ administration to give it back to me the next day was the worldâ€™s biggest reality check. I knewÂ instantly then that this was it. Art was going to become a big partof my life.
How would you describe your sense of aesthetic in three words?
Intricate, detailed and controlled.
Tell us about your debut collection.
Keeping societal conformity in mind, my work explores the nature of self-doubt. Using oneÂ figure in repetition, itâ€™s physique, gestures, and uniform all begin to play an important role inÂ creating narratives of what takes place in an individualâ€™s mind when feeling pressurized toÂ live up to rules and expectations set by society.
What is your most preferred medium to work with?
Gouache on Wasli.
Who are your three biggest inspirations in the art world?
First and foremost is the internationally acclaimed visual artist Muhammad Zeeshan, who hasÂ mentored me and inspires me every single day. Considering music is art, Coke Studio just hasÂ itâ€™s way of striking a chord within me; the blend of raw traditional beats with a voice that isÂ not overpowering inspires a lot of my aesthetic vocabulary. Lastly, MC Escherâ€™s way ofÂ imagery into tessellations is a refreshing take on patterns. It definitely makes the cutÂ incorporating.
Your go-to place of inspiration?
I wouldnâ€™t call it a place, rather the concept of simple observation; observing people interact,Â react, analyzing their body languageâ€¦ That is where my inspiration begins to take itâ€™s form.
Favourite Pakistani artist?
Naming one favorite artist is never easy, there are way too many to mention.
One person you would love to make a piece for?
Justin Bieber; not that Iâ€™m a crazy fan, but seriouslyâ€¦ Why not? 😉
Most memorable experience working on this debut collection?
Hearing how others interpret my work, which is a great insight into multiple differentÂ perspectives.
Three things you canâ€™t live without:
Music, denim and of course, paintbrushes!
Favoirite thing to do when youâ€™re not working:
I design for Nadia Farooqui when Iâ€™m not painting. It gives me the necessary breathing spaceÂ that is required.
Biggest support systems:
My family, especially my father, who never gave up on me and helped me make some of the smartest decisions of my life.
Just working on my next body of work. Stay tuned!