“My art is like a Rorschach (test), what you interpret is what it is” says Aamina Shazi talking about her collection of works titled Between Lines that will be on exhibit from 30 July.
Shazi, a graphic designer by profession, has been sketching and painting for several years, but it was seven years ago that she discovered her ability to marry her paintbrush with the digital world. The result was her experimentation with digital art.
Working mostly with a genre called fantasy art, Shazi is understandably nervous about how her exhibition will be received. “It is a new concept and it takes people time to accept it as art, I guess,” she says, adding that the common perception is that digital art is merely image manipulation. In fact, she says, every piece has been worked on as an artist would traditionally. “I first sketch and then fill in colours. It really is quite like a painting, only there isn’t a physical paintbrush,” she says. She comes from a family of artists, and having seen them labour over watercolour and oil paintings, she finds her medium is as demanding.
A piece can take anything between a day and a week. “There isn’t a connection between one piece and another. Each will tell a different story and maybe a new one if you view them with different perpectives,” she says.
Shazi’s works include elements that stream from one thought to another, quite like something that stems from a fantasy. Excited about the possibilities of digital art, she says she has a long way to go in the international scene. “But I am confident it will grow to be very popular,” she adds.
Aamina Shazi’s work with be on exhibit from 30 July to 8 August at the Sublime Art Gallery, UB City, Bangalore.