Making Art That Means Something to Me

Consistently, I am on a mission of creating something that actually speaks to me. Something that shouts AYESHA instantly and unconditionally. I feel like I have finally stumbled upon something that may inch me in that direction. Here is how it came to be.

I was born and raised in the United States, but my roots and heritage go far back into present-day India and Pakistan. I grew up in a household that held on dearly to the culture of its ancestors and yet, outside of the house, I was exposed to a completely different environment with clashing ideologies about life and how to live it. I realized quickly that there were many flaws in the system, both here and there. The challenge was, however, balancing the two.

Pakistan and India are beautiful countries, with amazing people, and a stunning culture that cannot be found anywhere else in the world. But every time I go back, one thing stands out to me- the lack of confidence and power women have there.

My new works are centered around this tragic concept of how women believe their life is supposed to be.

My first piece "Working Bride" (see below) is a depiction of a woman working like normal, even though she was just recently married. She wears red to symbolize the color of marriage (in South Asia) and holds a jhadu, a broom that is used to sweep up the endless amount of dirt that migrates into the open air houses. Her posture is bent, hiding her face from the harsh sun, the weight of the long day resting on her feeble shoulders.

“Working Bride” a work in progress.

“Working Bride” a work in progress.