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Saira Sheikh



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SHOWS WITH ART ALIVE GALLERY
Contemporary Chronicles
 26th September 2005 - 7th October 2005
 Art Alive Gallery



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Statement

What I paint is what I am it is not the experiences that pass through the sieve of my self, but the sieve itself _ what I feel and think compels me. The poignancy of the mundane like the hair and the grass, strikes me with awe. As do customs, taboos and other things - that we associate with! It is all that I glean from existence, from living. And as in life, the process of painting itself, is not predictable I cannot and do not plan a finished painting before I set out to workit is an evolving process which starts out at a certain point in space and time and grows, incorporating all the energies in the environment till the time its growth is complete. Specifically, my work is about me and stereotypes of/about women and their physical/moral/ethical attributes. Formally, the two dimensional surface is dealt with by juxtaposing on it marks of varying intensity and 'type': from the tiniest 'pardakht' to loose graphite hair-likemarks and watercolor stains - The two-dimensional marks superimposed on the figure/image treated as a 3-d image, reinforcing the 2-dimensionality of the surface...The works, being deeply personal derive from the core of the individual; but this individual in turn becomes universal what is most basic and individual in us is also what we share with the rest of humanitythe pathos, the exhilaration - it is only in the outermost layer that we strive to be identifiable - I concurrently appropriate and eradicate this veneer to sift beyond.

Biography

Saira completed her Bachelors Degree in Fine Arts from the National College of Arts, Lahore in 1999. Her work has been shown in many exhibitions including a solo Up Close and Personal at Lahore in 2004. She has also participated in several group shows across Pakistan and abroad including Hawaii, India, Morocco and Jordan in 2005; Three-3 at Karachi in 2004; Around Miniature Too, Lahore in 2003; Athens in 2001. She attained the highest position in the Department of Fine Arts and Miniature Painting at the college in 1999 and is a recipient of the Shakir Ali Award, Sir Percy Brown Award and Haji Sharif Award.


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