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This is about nothing

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By Mubashir Ahmed
Tue, 10, 18

The best thing about art is that it is driven by perceptions. You change your perception.....

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The best thing about art is that it is driven by perceptions. You change your perception; you change the meaning of art. It is a simple notion but helps in making a work of art limitless. Different perceptions will give different meanings, and this ultimately makes any sort of art profound as every perception has some useful thought behind it.

Tanzara Gallery once again took pleasure in presenting the paintings of Australian/Pakistani artist recently. Nazia Ejaz, who is successfully building a niche for herself in the local and international art scene, has worked with various artistic themes exploring them in myriad new ways. Her recent body of work is the continuation of the artist’s innovative reflection on the theme of perception and identity. This exhibition titled ‘This is about nothing II’ is a body of work resulting from an in depth study of the correlation between the social environment and our perception of it. The exhibition was inaugurated by the Australian High Commissioner, H.E. Margaret Adamson.

Nazia’s work is avant-garde in nature - emphasising on repetitive patterns and line, she successfully takes liberty in translating her thoughts into exquisite linear rhythms. Her canvases emphasise on patterns comprising of curves, loops, circles allowing meandering lines to create their own magical effect. The work is imbibed with vibrant colouration and texture. The compositions are balanced and accommodated within a scheme of rhythm and flow. There prevails an atmosphere of ease and fluency bringing a soothing uplifting touch. Highlighting the painterly quality without adding any external element, Nazia successfully renders her feelings through striking patterns and textures, imbuing her canvasses with a refined sense of aesthetics.

According to her, “My work explores themes of perception and identity. Our perception of the environment, of others and also ourselves, is influenced by external factors that shape our understanding, sometimes unknowingly. This work is about the correlation between the social environment and our perception of it.

Nazia Ejaz has numerous group and solo exhibitions to her credit in various countries including Australia, UK and Pakistan. She received her Graduate Diploma in Indian Art History at School of Asian and African Studies (SOAS) / Sotheby’s Institute UK in 1996 and is recipient of Staff Nomination Award, University of South Australia, 2015. She has a double Masters in Fine Art from The Slade School of Art, London and University of South Australia, respectively. Her work is part of various private and public collections including Clifford Chance London, UK and V&A Museum London, UK.