Art is the most intense manifestation of individualism the world has known'. Art is something that has been tied to my personality since childhood. The visually rich atmosphere of Lahore has been my gateway into the art world. Vibrant colors are textures are an intricate part of textiles in Pakistan, and also woven into the tapestry of Indus valley culture. The first forms of inspiration I can remember leading into artistic creation was my adoration for my mothers wardrobe, especially her ‘dupatas’(long piece of cloth worn by women). It was fascinating to me that an item of clothing used to observe modesty could visually in fact do the opposite. The colors, textures and patterns were and are still endless. I grew up surrounded by women who designed their own clothes and worked closely with tailors to produce garments that were pieces of couture. Therefore, from as far back as I remember I watched and learned that garments can be an outer manifestation of creative thought. The sky was always the limit in terms of aesthetics. I took my first little creative foot steps in the direction of finding my passion as a creator by playing with all kinds of textiles and using discarded materials and ‘dupatas’ to create my own dresses by wrapping them around my 6-year-old body. At the time it was a playful endeavor and a desire to mimic the women I looked up too. Now I realize those were the first steps I took towards becoming a creator. The three primary ways in which I choose to create are multimedia work, painting and fashion design. I see all three as an extension of my self-expression.
The aspect of art that really grips my soul is its ability to create human connection. Art doesn’t always need to be understood as a tangible reality but rather can be felt. An artist through creation can send into the world a message that can be felt through emotion, a message that can transcend time and generations. It is a contribution to the human experience. It is fuel to the fire of my passion that a piece of art created a hundred years ago can remain relevant because the underlying human emotion the artist conveyed can be felt and remains true through all phases of human evolution. Expressing my thoughts through my work is essential and guided i will create and discover things that no one has ever done .
Manal Nasir Piracha.
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