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Samina Mansuri Drawings with Multiple Implications

Author: Shamim Akhter      Publications: NULL      Dated: 12 Feb

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At first sight Chawkandi Art presented a scene of toy shop from outer space. The walls were fully decorated with drawings made with child-like freedom. As if a vigorous but skilful child had got hold of a pen and did what he could with his abounding energy and uninhibited ideas.

Made over a period of three months, 128 drawings are spontaneous and speak of the strong grip of the artist over her reed pen and ink. Like a maestro classical singer who plays with his notes. Samina plays with her lines, giving life-like feeling to her paper. By looking at her works, one gets a feeling as if she is mocking and joking with the issue in her mind reminding one of Fehimda Riazs poetry, which startled her audience to start with. But Fehmidas stress was more on her subject than the poetic beauty, against that; Samina Mansuris work depicts the strength of her drawing skills as well as artistic value placing her on the pedestal of a cerebral artist. Her play with lines results in all kinds of twisted, terminated, extended and swirled sausages and cones resulting on organic motion and commotion, which can be visualised as something between abstract and figurative.

When asked to say something what she felt when drawing her space toy like abstract figures, Samina found she very tired to say anything. She thought it was difficult to speak specially of the work as it had ambiguities. lt was left open for the people who looked at the work to think and make their own connections. She thought if one spoke in a definitive way; it implied closure and limited the meaning of the work. She aimed for a work that had multiple implications. It was about asking questions and holding contradictions. Her several drawings co-existed without implied narrative.

“Samina Mansuris work depicts the strength of her drawing skills as well as artistic value placing her on the pedestal of a cerebral artist. Her play with lines results in all kinds of twisted, terminated, extended and swirled sausages and cenes resulting on organic motion and cum- motion, which can he visualised as something hetween abstract and figurative.”