Anushka Rustomji

Divine Dust
Pen on paper
26×42 inches

This visual vocabulary is inspired by an ancient Persian pattern used for the depiction of water. My fascination with the pattern stems from its constant fluid and evolving nature. It was first used on ancient Persian pots and artifacts and later in Persian miniatures. It embodies changeability; both qualities I deem necessary to survive in any given situation. Moreover, I began to associate the pattern with my surroundings and found it an apt way to describe the mutable nature of the current affairs in Pakistani society. However, with a certain degree of volatility now sewn into the fabric of our society, I feel that a certain strength in the form of flexibility and adaptability has surfaced. It is this mighty perseverance to survive, that I seek to portray through my work.
My work has also been inspired by cartography and different landforms. The flowing nature of rocks and ridges; all the natural elements that I believe have stood the test of time by constant metamorphism. Those elements that are rough and rigid, sometimes have delicate edges or a whimsical appearance. It is this duality or paradox nature which fascinates me.
The shapes that I seek to portray in my work, are reminiscent of natural forms and structures. Mighty rocks, whimsical clouds, evolving waves, twisting rivers are a few of my inspirations as well as maps and natural structures.
Born in Karachi in 1989, Anushka Rustomji Musa now lives and works in Lahore, Pakistan. She graduated from the National College of Arts, Lahore in 2011 with a BFA and specialized in Painting.

Photo Credits | Anushka Rustomji Musa