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This collection of work transcends through the journey from Chaos to harmony, similar to the process of making the imagery, in which complex grids and calculations create a pandemonium of lines, transforming into perfect patterns and motifs. Rather than hide them, Huma chooses to keep the mistakes made during the under drawings to symbolize the imperfections in us and notion towards our inherent quest for perfection. Inspired by mysticism and Mevlana Rumi’s poetry, these works are visual narratives of sufism. Traditional, religious, and geometric patterns inculcate the utopian harmony amongst different beliefs as the bees follow a circular motion resembling the whirling dervish as well as the pilgrims in Mecca. The circular compositions rising from the Sama performances in which celestial movements follow the notion that harmony hails from revolutions made by all, from celestial bodies to living beings. The changing details in these birds and bees signify the process of unlearning and relearning; the sufic ideology of losing one’s self in order to find the truth. Fluorescent colors give otherwise traditional patterns a ‘contemporary’ edge.
Multi-paneled Drawing:Paper on Paper
Size:60 W x 47 H x 3 D in
Number of Panels:2
Ready to Hang:Not applicable
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Ships From:United Arab Emirates.
Significantly influenced by sufi ideologies, my work visually rests as serene and meditative in parallel to the disturbing questions of division and social hierarchy arising from them. Interchangeably, sufi teachings are generally identified as highly individualistic and harmonious practices while being on the contrary- Observing the sporadic existence of dervish from the rise of sufism centuries ago,having being taken a vow of selfless love and distancing from the norms of society, they were and until now are deemed as controversial figures. Their presence brings uneasiness in social settings and questions the elaborate ways of the tediously complicated belief system. Similar to the silent uneasiness I try to achieve through my practice. Manifesting creatures like bees, birds and fish as symbols for their inter-religious references, geo-location and life cycle. Ornate and complex geometric drawings hailing from centuries of tradition of being adorned with natural pigments and organic materials, whilst I choose to treat them with fluorescent colors that are industrially made and artificial in nature implying towards the need of beliefs becoming more synthetic and fabricated rather than being the innate desire to be spiritual and organic. Consistently moving between these ideas the imagery stands as a metaphor and holds a multitude of meaning. Actions like shredding and restructuring pages from history books, reducing words from letters to dots (nuqta). Coming forth as a process of unlearning a plethora of information being fed over a period of time. In totality my practice melts down to a consistent effort in breaking down or simplifying the complexity of fabricated information into the importance of one single entity. One minimal existence that contains all.
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