Araimish Malik is a 23-year-old Islamabad based artist. She graduated recently from NCA Rawalpindi & majored in painting.
Currently, she is working in her private studio on a new series of paintings & Sculptures for an upcoming exhibition.
We invited her to a Pakistan Journal Talk session where we host people of inspiration and vision.
How is your personality reflected in your work?
When it comes to selecting a topic to work on for final projects or something thesis level, I’ve always wanted the viewer to resonate with the bigger picture.
Personally, I’ve never felt the need to reflect on my life and pick a sob story to tell. What I have always done passionately is ask a lot of questions though, and that is exactly what I wanted to generate in my imagery. Something mentally stimulating for the viewer.
What do you think are some of the most inspiring things happening in Pakistan in terms of art currently?
Post graduation I was so set on being, jobless & aimless entirely. But what absolutely inspired and motivated me was how beautifully encouraging Pakistani art connoisseurs can be! Coming from Islamabad, the art world seems quite mellow when you’re a student, but when you go out, especially with zero experience, it’s almost overwhelming! There is a LOT of keen interest in promoting young artists, and when people showed interest in my work it motivated and drove me to a whole new level to keep working just two weeks after graduating.
How do you overcome creative blocks?
I don’t Lol! I’ve had days where an army of friends would come over and move the brush for me. But the only way I’ve understood to avoid creative blocks is taking a break. I can never be creative if there is nothing motivating me. I take breaks, party it out and only work when I’m excited about it!
What is your favourite piece of work in your portfolio? Why did you make it?
My favourite piece was a 6 feet by 5 feet painting titled “The Dichotomy of Power”. That was my first painting for the thesis. I was so fervently involved in it that it took me 2 months to make. (2 months out of four in the last semester, I still had 7 more paintings to make btw, I was a goner!). I made it as a starting point for my thesis, which was the duality of nature. In it, there are three figures on a circular plinth. The central one having his back arched to reveal a third eye symbolising higher power. And the other two figures being personas of power. The scared, and the ugly.
How do you learn about new techniques and tools?
Learning takes a lot of time & patience. If you don’t give your mediums and tools enough time and respect you will never get to know each other. New instruments and art supplies do help tons but you can create amazing art even if you have only three paint brushes. It’s all about experimentation & fearlessness with the canvas and the tools!
Worst / most difficult part of your job
Do you have side projects you work on?
I’m planning on working on a few sculptural projects now that I have my own studio space. That’s as far as it goes.
Where do you see yourself in five years’ time?
This is a big question. Where I am right now, I couldn’t have even imagined four months ago
Do you think media plays an important role in bringing forward artists? Or it depends upon the person, that if you have skills you will be known by your work automatically?
Social Media obviously plays an incredibly huge role for artists but it can only help out if the work speaks for itself. And that is the way it should be. Your work should do all the talking.
Your #1 art tip or words of wisdom?
The comeback is always greater than the setback. Try and fail, you’re only learning more!