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My painting explores the relationship between storytelling and identity with allusions to metaphysics, symbolism, and enlightenment. Personal memories, stories from history, mystical dreams and aspirations are realized through vivid colors, gestural marks, and semi-figurative representations to give them new meanings in relation to humanity and dilemmas of our time. My art is an amalgam of ideas, materials, and thought processes. As a Pakistani-American artist, my bicultural identity informs and processes the conception and finality of my work.

My inspiration comes from multiple sources like Rumi, Khalil Gibran, and Shakespeare, among others. For example, the interplay of Eastern and Western philosophies and literature are dualistic and are reflected in my drawings and collages. They are symbolic forms derived from the Renaissance and the Mughal as well as the Ottoman architectural motifs, which are conversely personal lexicons of emotional, psychological, and spiritual state of flux in my unwavering search for enlightenment.

Using mixed mediums on large scale canvas such as glaze, ink, acrylic, oil, pastel, roller, palette knife and brushes of various sizes, my work process - tedious and sometimes serendipitous - involves transformation to give second life to found elements and visions that I encounter every day.
Posted by Qinza Najm on 7/2/13

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