I am Humairah Ahmed and this is my Moonlight. During the day I'm a student studying a Bachelor of Art and Design-mainly animation- at Auckland's Media Design School. Its fun, but purely digital. After dark I go to work with traditional mediums such as paint and ink-creating artworks with my hands. I love the idea of taking something from the natural world and interpreting it through the lens of traditional medium, after all, photography has outdated photo-realistic artwork so why not change up how we use the traditional mediums for fresh new perspectives on the human condition?
My favourite medium is the humble ink pen on paper. I'm fascinated by how these simple tools can create infinite visual outcomes-as you can see, I've included three such artworks. These are all A3 sized but I would truly love to make these kinds of images on a larger scale such as murals around living spaces. I created these pieces under times of great pressure and stress due to balancing my university coursework and family commitments. Simply speaking, these artworks were created unintentionally. I've come to the conclusion that they acted as a sort of late night therapy. If you were to break down the visual elements that compose the images, you will see that they are drawn with simple repetitive patterns (for the Zentangle Lion), or crosshatching and repetitive tedious practice of Pointillism (the Tui bird) and the third art piece depicting the pheonix under the moon drawn using a lot of line work. It was very relaxing because it was a task I had complete control over and was a repetitive sort of task that created something new at the end of the process.
In short, I believe all art is therapy. It may be therapeutic for the artist or for their audiences-after all, why does humanity create art? Perhaps we crave for something other, something outside of our daily scope of life, yet somehow within our control as a means to express our own perspectives and change the daily scope of life. Perhaps the simple repetitive action of just making something, like a bunch of dots distracts us and the thought that it will create something new at the end just feels good. Perhaps we create art for no reason at all. I am Humairah Ahmed and this is my Moonlight.
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