A Metaphorical Imposition
The paintings in the series Ek Raaz (A Secret) manifests in layers upon layers, erased, re-structured, re-constructed and re-invented in a manner that the surface and the image becomes one.
Paintings are like a warm embrace of a lover that transfers love, in a manner no words can ever do.
These paintings, never wish to assert definitively as to what it really is, for to define is to limit, and that is the last thing that can be aspired at any point with this series. It is limitless, ever-changing, and shifting in space, restless and at peace at the same time, revolving constantly in search for the love of one's true Beloved. The search as passionate as the search Adam and Eve had for each other to meet and become one again.
It is no to perhaps, a "dangerous" perhaps, to find the truth, but why not the untrue and the uncertain. Once we do find what all is only a mere deception, the obliterate that, perhaps then the truth shall reveal itself on its own. It is never the ambiguity that is probed relentlessly in these paintings but the solicitation for an understanding. Thus once we grasp that which is ungraspable, that dream, the realisation is astonishing and ironic that the true colour of the dreams, wishes, wants and desires, is in fact, neither you, nor me, not him, and not her, nothing and no one, but the Light Alone.
"HOW COULD anything originate out of its opposite? For example, truth out of error? or the Will to Truth out of the will to deception? or the generous deed out of selfishness? or the pure sun-bright vision of the wise man out of covetousness? Such genesis is impossible; whoever dreams of it is a fool, nay, worse than a fool; things of the highest value must have a different origin, an origin of THEIR own--in this transitory, seductive, illusory, paltry world, in this turmoil of delusion and cupidity, they cannot have their source. But rather in the lap of Being, in the in-transitory, in the concealed God, in the "Thing-in-itself--THERE must be their source, and nowhere else!" - Friedrich Nietzsche, "Beyond Good and Evil".
SANA KAZI (b. 1983, Pakistan) lives and works in Lahore, Pakistan. She received her BFA (Miniature Painting) and MA Honors (Visual Art) from National College of Arts Lahore, Pakistan in 2006 and 2012 respectively. She has received a number of awards including an exhibition in New York, funded by Rockerfellas Brother Fund Foundation in collaboration with the New York Foundation of Arts, an exhibition in Washington DC, funded by Crispus Music Industries and a solo residency in Abu Dhabi by Art Hub.