Naseema Shukoor is a Doha based self-taught Indian artist who is passionate about creating contemporary art works utilising a variety of different mediums and techniques. Her aim is to incorporate various themes and subjects throughout her works resulting in a unique spectrum of artworks. She has had the opportunity to exhibit her works at various venues in Qatar which include Katara, Doha Fire Station and Sheikh Faisal Bin Qassim Al Thani Museum.
Naseema talked exclusively to I Love Qatar and this is what we learnt about this extremely talented artist:
Naseema’s passion for creating art started 20 years ago when she started practicing it as a hobby. Initially, her work was centred around handmade flowers and after that, she moved onto other mediums and types of art. One of her first large scale works was the recreation of an age-old painting by Raja Ravi Varma Raja, who is one of her most favourite artists and whose work has greatly influenced her. For this particular artwork, she used miniature glass beads instead of the traditional oil paint medium. More than 150,000 beads were used to create it over a period of six months.
One of Naseema’s most ambitious works involves the depiction of the ‘Holy Mosque of Makkah’ using clipped paper pieces. The resulting artwork consists of more than 600,000 paper clippings and took over two years to complete. Makkah is a symbol of hope and universal brotherhood and through this work, the aim is to spread the message of peace, love and tranquility of the Islamic faith during a period of conflicts and misunderstandings all across the globe.
Qatar has always been Naseema’s home. She has lived here most part of her life and this is the place were she has achieved happiness and success in life.
In Naseema’s own words:
“You only feel like this about a country when the people ruling it are righteous and just towards their people. I wanted to show my respect and admiration to our leader His Highness The Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani.”
According to Naseema:
“Anything and everything inspires all artists. I try to find beauty in the things around me and use different kind of mediums to recreate it.”
More than drawing she tries to recreate what she sees from the nature around her by using different mediums, be it the use of coffee, paper clips, beads, etc. What she looks to find is beauty in the simplest of things and then tries to recreate them, and feels her uniqueness in art comes from creating art using mediums that are different from the norm.
Her many artworks are made from beads, coffee powder, paper clippings, wax, and embroidery besides the traditional oil paint based arts. Recently, she has been involved in creating minimalistic works that provide an effect of illusion to the observers. Besides these, several of her other works are based on pixelated paper art, sugar beads and patterned thread art.
Art is Naseema’s passion and gives her a sense of peace and happiness in knowing that she is able to preserve the beauty she sees in things. If she finds something of interest she first studies its history, its origin, what it tries to tell her and then creates its closest presentation based on her vision.
Qatar’s Art scene is on the rise and, huge support from the Government's side, is also helping to bring many artists from all over the world and, most importantly, helping in the growth of local talents.
Naseema urges emerging artists in Qatar to never give up:
“It is never easy to climb a mountain similarly the bigger your dreams the bigger the mountain you have to climb, but the reward in the end is what makes it all worth the climb. Dream big and work towards it with all your dedication and never ever give up. Then success will knock on your doors.”
Naseema has a message for the people of Qatar:
“Always put a good deal of thought into the happiness that you are able to give. For, it is in giving that we can achieve true happiness.”
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