Safdar Qureshi is afraid of being labeled as unoriginal. He does not want to be accused of copying others in his art. The artist points out carefully how he developed his imagery. There is a history behind it—it is a very personal one. The minimal lines that he paints or draws on a wasli originate from stitching, threads, and needles. These are all tailors tools and Safdar once called this profession his own. Thus, the artists personal journey is the basis of his visual vocabulary. It is taken from his life and turned into pictures. As such, Safdars imagery is original, coming from him and returning back to his creation.
However, as postmodern theory has taught us, there is no such thing as originality. Things and people outside of ourselves mediate even our most personal desires and beliefs. The environment in which we live affects how we think and act. We are products of the time and space that we inhabit. More specifically, sociopolitical, historical, and economic conditions shape the ways in which we see and understand the world. These things that lie beyond our control always limit us.