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Batik, Oil & Sculpture

Artist’s Statement

Artist’s Statement

In my work, I try to use color, texture, and form to create a visually stimulating image. I also use it as an opportunity to expand my abilities through constant experimentation. I choose not to represent imagery or direct aspects from the real world. I believe that the gibberish-like art-speak is Art’s own worse enemy. The object exists of itself, and it should be discussed directly. Rather than carefully stepping around the object and thinking about what it might be, I focus on what it is. I draw inspiration from sources outside of the art world, such as technology and digital culture.
For me, whether I am painting or sculpting, applied art is a way to explore a range of possibilities allowed through different methods of application. I choose not to confuse the audience with unnecessary art jargon. I think that color and form are enough to carry a painting. For inspiration, I look at concepts like Ordered Complexity and Emergence, where things build up from a simple base structure by following a set of predetermined rules, and self-organize as they go. I translate this into painting by building off of the random, using a predetermined technique and range of colors. Batik is almost a daily activity for me, and has been since my teens, when I was introduced to it in Pakistan from my father. 34 years later it still keeps me very busy. Drawing and color are my main interests and I find that batik is the perfect medium to combine and express both. All my batiks begin with a detailed drawing directly on the bold white cotton base, which must be tough enough to withstand numerous dye baths. I use wax as a painting medium, applying it with a range of brushes, cantings and kyskas to achieve fine detail, subtle tones, texture and rhythm. I have been working almost all media over the course of a few decades. I’ve received commissions in oil, acrylic, water color, and a few sculptures. But I still love my batik best, probably because it reminds me of my father, who taught it to me.