As an American Pakistani from the midwest I am fascinated by what defines a culture. For the past decade I have researched cultures around the world and produced objects to highlight the overlooked aspects of these communities so that their significance is recognized, respected and preserved. Using the dynamic architectural and ornamental vocabulary of the culture of interest I create ceramic platters, metal domes, illuminated sculptures and trucks. My forms strive to create a harmonious interplay between interior and exterior spaces, light and shadow, monumentality and weightlessness.
My public art installations, culturally-informed artwork and projects bring artists, communities and regions together as creators. This was exemplified with the creation of the Pakistani Cargo Truck Initiative (PCTI), exhibited at The Nelson Atkins Museum of Fine Art in 2013.
To me, being an artist is more than making objects. For me, art is also about inspiring cultural and social awareness.