Grace, 2016

 

I was commissioned to carve Grace from plaster of paris to Ancaster limestone by an Art collector from my graduate degree show at Free Range in London.

Grace explores natural architectural motifs while demonstrating a movement: of nature, of growth, of decomposition, of natural processes.

 

Free Range Exhibition – July 2015

Free Range Graduate Show, 2015

Free Range is a graduate show taking place annually at the Truman Brewery in London. Our BA(Hons) Fine Art for Design, Year 3 took part as we do very year; with careful planning, extreme fundraising, and painstaking attention to detail we planned an exhibition and shop to take down to London from little old Dewsbury.

My work consisted of 3 stone sculptures; the forms carved are minimal, organic and strongly reference my cultural heritages.

About my artistic practice:

The work explores themes relating to my cultural heritage as a British, Indian, Muslim female. Through a highly personal sculptural language the work attempts to visually translate my own experiences: from architecture, landscape and nature to the communal engagements at meal times, prayer and the ritual of everyday life.

The physicality of carving is for me, an introspective and ritualistic activity that enables me to interpret these reference points and bring them together in a series of carvings that are in essence meditative and contemplative. The reductive process of removing and polishing material enables me to visually synthesise complex themes into simple forms.

Below is a view of the Free Range exhibition at (-one of-) the entrances:

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Maquettes made of Plaster of paris (above).

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Introspective Form, 2015. Ancaster Limestone

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Erm, yep, that’s me……….

Blossom, 2015. Yorkshire Sandstone

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Blossom, 2015

Yorkshire sandstone

The natural form merges towards the plain field that surrounds it; this, in turn, emanates a feeling of calm while resonating closely with the atmosphere of nature.

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I called it ‘Blossom’ because, to me, it looks like a fallen petal from a tree and while that reflects the opposite of a blossom; that petal will ultimately degrade into the soil to contribute to a new ‘Blossom’.