Message for society through art

Islamabad: They say whenever women work, they work for a cause – Saadia, Amna and Tulin seemed to be doing just that with their artworks on display in Islamabad. Each artwork in the exhibition titled “Teen Taal” had a message for society.

Saadia Shariff, through her photographic exhibition “Wander Wonder”, captured the ever-changing images of nature. “Nature is never static or restrictive. It keeps changing. If you look at the clouds or the dunes, they keep changing shape,” she said of her photographs “Yellow Lyrics” and “Rest in Sand.”

She said humans have the nature to resist change. “We continue to follow the routine and prefer to do the same thing over and over again. We become boring. Contained in our body, our mind and our experiences. The identity of routine, of familiar conversation. These images made me realize that life is in the moment. Let nature flow and shapes keep changing.

Saadia said she finds relief in the flow of water, the gliding clouds, the sensual sand, its intertwining forms and its formlessness. Speaking of her ‘Walk the Way’ photograph showing images of feet on the sand, she said these images disappear with each new wave and will be followed by a new image. “We all need to get out of our fears and go with the flow. As Rumi said, “When you walk the path, the path appears,” Saadia said.

Tulin Khalid Azim stationery has also been designed around motivational quotes about life. “Write your own story,” “Today is a gift,” and “Something wonderful is about to happen” were the few quotes that adorned his journals, cards, and even wrapping paper. “The goal is to give a message of hope, happiness and positivity to those who use my products.”

Tulin has been designing stationery for a long time, but it designed some of its most famous products during COVID days, including the Wellness Journal. “The majority of people, myself included, suffered from mental health issues during those days. Writing about your routine and thoughts gives you much-needed ease. The Wellness Journal aims to provide that facility to an individual,” she said in an interview with The News. She said she first experimented with the diary herself for six months.

Amna Shariff’s elegant and exclusive silver jewelry features an extraordinary combination of modern and traditional designs. “These designs reflect my personality which is the same combination,” said Amna who received training in jewelry making in the UK and then continued to develop her work using, organizing and empowering local artisans. She draws her inspiration from material and technique.