“I am a teacher and fine artist with eight years of related work experience. I hold a BFA from the Visual Studies Department at Karachi University. I started working with wood around the time I was eight. Wood has become my primary medium of expression and a springboard for experimentation in metal and bone. In my work; I am part artist part craftsman. I am guided by the grain and form of the piece, enforcing my will only enough to present an engaging visual. There are times when my work speaks, thus I pen words to give it voice. As a teacher, I teach History of Art, History of Design & Woodwork at the University of Karachi and Karachi School of Art.
I actively seek and absorb knowledge both theoretically and practically. My aim is to effectively transmit knowledge that I have gained to younger audiences and to equip them with the tools required for productive self-study
The VMCTA Diploma programme has helped me better understand how designs are replicated and tessellated consistently. It has also helped me brush up my technical drawing and colour application techniques based on effective use of colour theory and tone. I have learnt new things in addition to having revisited and thus reaffirmed prior knowledge. All this has brought me to a point where I can freely incorporate knowledge that I have learnt into both my studio practise and my teaching with confidence.
The diploma programme covers a large range of traditional arts courses that are difficult to find in combination in other institutes.
VMCTA has made me aware of the scope that the traditional arts inherently have in it and thus opened up possibilities for exploration, both traditional and contemporary. The methods and materials course has been of special interest. As I find the entire process of making paints and one’s own painting surfaces to be fascinating; it allows one to engage with painting from the ground up.
I see myself as both mentally and physically ready to tackle the Master’s programme at PSTA. As well as sufficiently informed to be able to guide my students through the processes that I have spent time understanding and practicing.”