Soraya Sikander is a painter and sculptor. After graduating from the Beaconhouse National University Lahore in 2008, the artist set-up her studio practice between Karachi, Dubai and London; and worked in a variety of media including woodblock carving, video, and water-based silkscreen prints – these were developed further in 2011 at the Print Club Studio in London. In 2012, Soraya joined UCL’S Slade School of Fine Art, where she produced wooden sculptures wrapped in pipes, mesh and foam, installing these in a variety of settings – and carried out a self-initiated private project of painting cityscapes from memories of her travels. The artist also worked on-location around the areas of Battersea, Highgate, King’s Cross and Wimbledon. Soraya Sikander has held three solo exhibitions and participated in nine group shows and public viewings.
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My work addresses issues of form and the relationship between line, shape and colour. I am interested in negative space and exploring various media, developing paintings into three-dimensional objects.
My practice encompasses oil and acrylic on canvas or paper and undergoes several processes of transformation, developing first as pictorial then animation, changing into plaster or paper sculptures, and finally set up as a site specific installation.
Essentially, my work blurs the distinction between picture and object.
Through my practice I explore fundamental questions: What is an object? What is a painting? How do we experience space? I consider my work to be an on-going visual monologue, with a starting point, in a constant state of progression and leading to several distinct forms.
Recurring themes in my work suggest: memory, gender and personal identity. The distinction between drawing, painting-into-sculpture and sculptural installations are questioned as objects transfigure one into another, installed in everyday settings to create an interaction with transformed objects.
- Soraya Sikander, 2013.
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