Unmonumental return to the table: spilling the new interiority
Brass, Copper, Nickel, Pewter, Pearls, Wool, Veneer
Amina Rizwan’s work deal with both personal and cultural notions that inhabit the world of objects and spaces, of strange familiarity and welcomed unfamiliarity. Objects as miniature and precious yet unheroic projections become critique of our subjective dispositions. This measures rituals and spaces which transform, expand and establish new interiority, thus defining the other-world sense of identity for her which she endorses as unmonumental.
Her work ‘Unmonumental return to the table: spilling the new interiority’ is a poetic and morphed utterance to how the table, materiality of objects, now debased and fragmented, acts as a perpetual trajectory, the audacious plate to constitute our very own existence. Plaque, frame, and mundane utensils like needle, pen, napkins echo to an unsettling, transitionary realm, their patterns and forms passively upsetting the neat subject-object binary in an attempt to provoke the unfamiliar. With table serving as her most profound domesticated memory, it submissively announces itself as a middle page where interior and exterior is at the vicissitudes of one’s self. Interested in objects oriented ontology and the unfelt, unthinkable and unsaid spheres they occupy in the crafter’s agency, Amina uses metalsmithing as a faculty for questioning her own construct of identity and self that is caught in the transitionary moments of situations and events.
Amina holds a MFA degree in Metalsmithing, from Cranbrook Academy of Arts, Michigan, USA, which she pursued after being awarded Fulbright Scholarship. Her works have been exhibited at Galerie Marzee, Netherlands, Michigan and Macy’s Gallery, Columbia University, New York. She did her undergraduate in Jewelry Design, from Beaconhouse National University, Lahore, Pakistan and graduated with Distinction. She is currently a Faculty at Beaconhouse National University and works as an artist, arts critic/ writer and artrepreneur in Lahore, Pakistan.
Photo Credits | James Carillo
Image Courtesy | Amina Rizwan