Artist Talk: Sara Khan + Zoya Siddiqui
Sara Khan’s sumptuous watercolours invoke a magical realm where personal memories mix with exotic plants and outlandish characters, all spread across organic fields of pattern and colour. With Suraj Kinare (an Urdu phrase meaning “the edge of the sun”), Khan evokes her own sense of identity, suspended between the cultures of her childhood home in Pakistan and her current home in Canada. Each painting features imagery inspired by the architecture of buildings, walls, and domestic spaces found throughout Pakistan, often intermingling with people both real and imagined, in an abstract world; the recurrent motif of the window, in particular, suggests an aspiration towards the magical possibilities of elsewhere. Though partly inspired by the miniature painting traditions of Central and Southern Asia, Khan’s work is a more idiosyncratic, open-ended vision, allowing for a migrant identity rooted in ethnic heritage while mobile enough to incorporate the shapes, symbols, and sights of a liquid, globalized world.
Meet Sara Khan at the Surrey Art Gallery for an in-depth discussion of the works on display in Suraj Kinare. She will be joined by artist Zoya Siddiqui to speak about her personal background, artistic influences, and the themes that have informed the development of her paintings. There will be a Q&A session after the talk.