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May 26, 2019

Pakistani artist highlights family intimacy in new crystal display

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May 26, 2019

LONDON: Pakistani visual artist Sara Shakeel has said her latest crystal installation exhibition in London is inspired by the memories of her childhood which were filled with family get-togethers which are becoming non-existent these days. Speaking to The News at the exhibition of her work at the Now Gallery in Stratford, East London, Shakeel said while creating the spectacular crystal exhibition featuring a dining table (complete with chairs, utensils, plates and napkin), she wanted to show the intimacy of family meals which once defined close-knit family structures and love.

Art enthusiast turned out in large numbers for the opening of the exhibition which will continue till June 23. Sara Shakeel was in London especially from Islamabad for the opening of the exhibition.

She said: “It’s a tribute towards food, family get-togethers and how once upon a time sitting together on a dining table was such a beautiful event in our lives. I personally used to look forward to them. Unfortunately, with time all of this has faded. Everyone has their own lives to live, priorities are given to other things which led me to create an art installation for the love of family dinner tables and conversations.”

Sara Shakeel said she it was wonderful to be in London for the exhibition of her work. “The feedback has been wonderful. I got great reviews by major leading news agencies in London and all around the world and also Transport for London advertised my exhibition details on their Instagram platform.”

Shakeel trained as a dentist, but fate had something else in store for her. No one in her family is an artist and in fact, most of her relatives are engineers, doctors, pilots and teachers. She was told from a very young age that she had no chance of getting into an art school or pursuing that line of work.

“I failed in my final year of dental school in the last paper of the last exam repeatedly for almost two years. That’s when I left it and didn’t know what to do next. With no prior experience in art, I started creating collages on my phone, and posted them on Instagram,” she said.

For her, it was a process and her passion grew to new heights when she started getting recognition. “With every artwork, I felt relieved, happy and altogether it kept me in a happy place. I remember when I used to create digital work on my phone and post it online. I would get lots of criticism and trolling but then I educated myself with zeal. I devoted myself to learning arts.”

In the last few years, Shakeel has worked with many companies like Huda Beauty, Mima Manhattan View, Axwell & Ingrosso, Universal Music Poland & USA, Swarovski, Sony Music Germany, 20th Century Fox Barneys New York and many more.

Sara said she is all about conveying emotions and there’s no better way to communicate these via the use of shiny, bright and alluring crystals.

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