After a hiatus of nearly two years, renowned artist Mobina Zuberi is back with a set of paintings that speak volumes of her creative journey. She displayed her work at an exhibition at Tanzara Art Gallery on Thursday.
The artist has experimented with diverse themes along feminism. She has glorified the female figurine and reinvented it on canvas. A total of 36 paintings on display are intense, communicating both loud and unuttered sentiments.
Zuberi considers painting an integral part of her being. “I paint because I am incomplete without doing so. Transferring an image from my mind’s eye onto the canvas is a tense yet exhilarating process. Painting is the anchor in my life that allows me to steer towards contentment and joy,” she said. Her palette comprises bold hues of red, blue, rust, gold and orange. Invariably the textured effect is arrived at through a manipulation of paint. The paintings leave a haunting impression.
“The women in this series seem to be reflecting on what could have been and not what is at hand. There is a sense of timelessness about them and their beauty is not of a superficial kind,” the gallery curator Noshi Qadir said. Each woman exudes the aura of Mona Lisa with an ambivalence coupled with a sense of enigmatic.
She further remarked that the artist has carved a niche for herself in that her work does not beautify or deify women, yet their presence is all pervasive.
Furthermore, her paintings are a part of a personal journey for the artist who keeps wishing to define and redefine herself through her work. It is as if she is celebrating the invincibility of the female spirit. The exhibition continues till May 17.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 10th, 2013.