Humaira Abid is a contemporary artist from Pakistan who works with wood. Her recent work combines traditional miniature painting with wood sculpture. Her work examines women’s roles, relationships, and taboos from a cross-cultural perspective. Abid’s work has been exhibited and published internationally.
“I feel as an artist, my goal is to raise awareness through my work and discuss issues that are often overlooked. Whatever people don’t want to talk about in society is what I want to bring out through my practice.”
Mahogany Message: Humaira Abid’s ‘Searching For Home’ captures the worldwide refugee crisis through elaborate woodcarvings
A barbed-wire fence supported by cedar posts establishes Humaira Abid’s “Searching For Home” at Bellevue Arts Museum.
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Searching for Home, the new solo show by local sculptor Humaira Abid, is confined to one room at Bellevue Arts Museum. But her striking imagery slips across traditional borders and takes up residence in the mind.
The first thing that confronts you when you walk into Pakistani artist Humaira Abid’s compact, powerful new show at Bellevue Arts Museum (BAM) is a rusted barbed-wire fence with a pair of bloodstained panties hanging limply from it.
Born in Pakistan, where she studied to be an artist, Humaira Abid came to the Northwest in 2008. (She and her husband now live in Renton, but return regularly to their hometown of Lahore.) Since then, she’s mostly been a creature of group shows, often with work created from wood—a preferred material, but hardly her only medium—being the unifying conceit. Now, she’s having her first American solo museum exhibition at Bellevue Arts Museum (BAM).
A Migrant Story, Carved in Wood.
Searching for Home is the first solo museum exhibition for Seattle-based, Pakistan-born artist Humaira Abid. Abid is well known for her bold, symbolically rich, and meticulously realized wood sculptures and miniature paintings. Her work demonstrates a fearless approach to tackling cultural norms, gender roles, and relationships, often with an ironic edge. Searching for Home premieres never-before seen works by the artist, created following months of research and interviews with refugee women who have been resettled in both the Pacific Northwest and Pakistan from nations including Somalia, Syria, and Afghanistan.
Bellevue, WA— This fall, Bellevue Arts Museum will present Searching for Home, the first solo museum exhibition for Seattle-based, Pakistan-born artist Humaira Abid. Abid is well known for her bold, symbolically rich, and meticulously realized wood sculptures and miniature paintings. Her work demonstrates a fearless approach to tackling cultural norms, gender roles, and relationships, often with an ironic edge. Searching for Home will premiere never-before seen works by the artist, created following months of research and interviews with refugee women who have been resettled in both the Pacific Northwest and Pakistan from nations including Somalia, Syria, and Afghanistan.
Tucked away in the foyer of Humaira Abid’s Renton home sits a full-size toilet, carved from pine and covered in gold leaf. Its verisimilitude is uncanny to the last detail: The wooden lid of the tank removes to reveal its inner machinations. Around it, a swarm of other sculptures—chains, balloons, guns, a life-size child’s swing hanging from the rafters, all immaculately rendered from wood—spills into the living room.
Alia Marsha I entered through the front door of Humaira Abid’s Renton residence and saw hundreds of red pacifiers, red little girl’s shoes, and luggages and backpacks immediately. Her family must be home, I thought. I hope they would be OK with a stranger asking invasive questions to Abid while they eat dinner.
Art Radar speaks with the artist from her Seattle base, discussing how her most intimate experiences are being fleshed out in mahogany, pine and ebony. Humaira Abid (b. 1977) graduated with a BFA in Sculpture and a double minor in Miniature from Pakistan’s National College of Arts Lahore in 2000.
दिल्ली में आठवां इंडिया आर्ट फ़ेयर शुरू हो चुका है. ख़ास बात ये है कि पाकिस्तान, बांग्लादेश और नेपाल इसमें पहली बार शामिल हो रहे हैं. 28 से 31 जनवरी के बीच कला प्रेमियों को एक ही छत के नीचे कई कलाकारों की कला देखने को मिल रही है.
Portraits by Kelly O painter, sculptor Two years ago, after moving to Seattle from Lahore, Pakistan, your first solo show was about your miscarriages. Were you afraid to be so public? I don’t know why I have this personality, but whatever people don’t want to talk about, I want to bring it up.
The International Museum of Women recently asked its global online audience to vote for its favorite piece of community art on the subject of motherhood. The finalists were selected from 600 global submissions, all designed to illuminate our understanding of what it means to be a mother today.
Humaira Abid is a sculptor and painter. Based in the Seattle area, she spends several months out of each year in Lahore, Pakistan, where she grew up and still maintains her main studio. Her work is a reflection of her experiences in both countries.
Continuing the cavalcade of great shows by female artists this month-including Elena del Rivero at Lawrimore Project and Melissa Pokorny at Platform Gallery-is Pakistani-born Humaira Abid’s stunning collection of carved-wood sculptures and intricate drawings, Red, at ArtXchange.
ISLAMABAD: Sculptor Humaira Abid made a bold statement with her exhibition titled Red, which opened Khaas gallery on Thursday. Truly successful in what she aimed to achieve, the exhibition invoked discomfort and melancholy. The artist drew inspiration from her own personal life in which she suffered multiple miscarriages and the violence in Pakistani society and drew parallels between the two.
Seattle sculptor Humaira Abid packs a visceral punch with the content of her new show at ArtXchange Gallery. Share story Humaira Abid can make wood look as flexible as a rubber hot-water bottle or as hard as a cast-iron faucet. She can make it curve and curl – or turn into shoes and shoelaces.
Sometimes it’s hard to relate to someone else’s suffering, but even an experience that seems far removed from your own can feel immediate and powerful through art. Local critic Gary Faigin finds that experience in the work of Humaira Abid, a Pakistani American artist who spends about six months of
Humaira Abid is a Pakistani artist who spends half the year in Seattle. Her first Seattle show opens a window on the world of the modern woman in a vast, embattled Islamic nation that while often in the American news, is little understood.
On Thursday, April 9, our Art Walk Awards are returning once again to Capitol Hill’s Sole Repair. Come drink, dance and vote! (And RSVP here.) The three artworks that bring in the most votes will receive cash prizes ($1,000 first place, $500 second place, $250 third place) and the first-place artwork will be featured in the June issue of City Arts magazine.
If we follow the premise that each generation has to discover its own formula of expression, then young sculptor Humaira Abid has certainly struck some new chords. Her recent exhibition titled “Inner Concerto”, on show at Canvas last month, had all the lilt and exuberance of a lively, inventive young mind.