About Asma Hashmi
Asma Hashmi received her BFA in 1986 from the National Collage of Arts, Lahore and her MFA in 1992 from the University of Hawaii, USA. She was Associate Professor at Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture, Karachi. Asma has been actively involved in teaching at different art institutes on national level and has participated in various national and international shows. She has been a part of numerous group shows over the last twenty five years. In 2009 Asma exhibited her solo show â€œCreases of Oblivionâ€ at IVS Gallery, Karachi. "My use of symbols of sentimentality depicts a gradual loss of innocence, purity and clarity under layers of mundane reality. This work is a comment on our ignorance of tragedy and violence around us while losing oneself to the friendly demons of commercialism, ambitious strife, aerosols and shopping binges. In an age of insensitivity the patchwork patterns stand for the promise of the â€˜security blanketâ€™, a promise that dims the form of the rose, yet not always providing the solace it initially seemed to offer. In a world of imperfections, each step to reach out for more only tarnishes the nucleus yet the race to patch up our existence continues - the race against time and against mixed priorities. The work is about experienced reality and itâ€™s deposits on the pristine essence of life, the essence that persists amidst the dance of the demons, stubbornly retaining its shape although giving up its color to the oxidization process that, sadly, life really is."