ISLAMABAD: The first woman, Eve, is a person all women often think of. She is the inspiration behind a powerful collection of paintings, created by 13 renowned female artists, exhibited at Tanzara Gallery in collaboration with Studio RM. The show is called Eve’s I/Eye.
“This is a set of artworks that are different from each other, created with the aim of celebrating feminism for its distinctiveness. The soul of this exhibition is to celebrate the woman as an individual, her ambitions, her perfections and her imperfections while highlighting her struggles, challenges and endurance,” said exhibition curator Noshi Qadir.
It is a depiction of how a woman fights all the obstacles that may come her way throughout her life, but she goes on this beautiful journey called life embracing self-love, self-care and resilience , she said.
Laila Rehman’s work shows both sides of Eve; one is destructive while the other is generative. She used the pomegranate in the Tower of Babel, symbolizing the female figure as a divider, then Omphalos emphasizes how integral she is to nature and the larger scheme of things. Rehman received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the National College of Arts (NCA), then continued his studies at Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design in London.
Meher Afroz, a professor at the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture, Guftagu, has created images that show the structure of a letter. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the government’s Pride of Performance Award.
Nausheen Saeed’s Remains of Day, Anatomy of Time, and Terrain Mapping show abandoned places symbolizing long-forgotten pleasures and pains. His work seemed to be an attempt to preserve all things lost. She obtained a Post-Graduate Diploma in Site Specific Sculpture from Wimbledon College of Art in London and has exhibited her work widely in major group exhibitions internationally.
Nazia Ejaz used fruits that grow on trees as symbolism for the messages. She obtained her master’s degree at the Slade School of Art (University College London).
Nurayah Sheikh, who is an art educator and visual artist, has used mixed media in her prints. She used flowers, stems and plants to make the viewer understand that nature carried several messages deep within her.
Rabeya Jalil is a visual artist and art educator based in Lahore. She received her undergraduate degree from the National College of Arts (2005), Lahore and a Masters in Education from Columbia University. There are more than just expressions, as in Rabeya Jalil’s painting and drawing. In his 16-piece wall installation, Eves, Jalil draws faces of women, stylized, exaggerated, even distorted, but one could guess the distinct identities of each individual. Perhaps a commentary on how a person has been shaped, altered, managed for an outsider’s view and interpretation.
Rabia Farooqui, also a visual artist trained in miniature painting, used gouache on wasli as her preferred medium. In her work, she has explored the complexities of human relationships by assembling objects and characters into captivating visual narratives. She created vulnerable, unguarded, unprotected, and completely authentic characters in their current state to capture the essence of insecure attachments and the ways they use to express their affection; some of his characters seemed controlling and demanding while others appeared to be submissive and loving.
Rehana Mangi’s miniature works involved drawing, painting, collage, sewing, embroidery, etc. She is best known for the level of intricacy of her cross stitch.
Romessa Khan’s analytical drawings seemed to indicate that she wanted to simplify the complexities of existence.
Saba Khan’s paintings (oil on paper) titled Sonic Signals and Mining for Water, seemed to be an attempt to warn people about the inevitable future. Using popular pictorial vocabulary, Khan incorporated human figures and other elements with text into his work.
Sana Arjumand’s work features intricate layers of paint, bringing together figures and birds. She used a luminously radiant color palette that is known to be hers.
Saulat Ajmal is an artist, writer and curator. Creating suggestive forms using gestures and colors, she incorporated a visceral sensibility into her works.
The work of visual practitioner and contemporary miniaturist Warda Shabbir features rows of flowerbeds and patches of green symbolizing pathways, both modern and primordial, for Eve. Shabbir, through his exquisite gouaches on paper, seems to highlight to the viewer the distinction between heaven and earth.
Posted in Dawn, May 23, 2022