Ink Drawing. Constructed of repetitive quill marks, intricate linear work & text showing a landscape of birds, lizards and people, set against monochromatic backgrounds.
Drawing with language and visual metaphors, Farina Alam critiques complex cultures of a post-colonial nation state. The artist places words and symbols within a laboriously conceived graphic framework. A ”naqsha” or map is dotted out in diminutive quill points, which she refers to as a “made up” language of text and image as an homage to the lexicon approach of craftsmen and artists under censorship imposed by Pakistani military and clerical leaders.
The works on paper are in traditional & contemporary print practise as well as the drawn form. Portrayal of an "Islamic Identity" as her key point of research refers to evocative images of the east in art history & Western media's focus on the Arab world to personal narratives from her dual national status as a British Pakistani.
Farina also runs art and drawing classes for all ages & abilities.