A unique exhibition of art pieces made from beads, coffee powder, paper clippings, wax and embroidery besides traditional oil paint-based art is currently on at Katara - the Cultural Village.
Indian artist Naseema Shukoor is showcasing 41 masterpieces at her ‘Beads and Mosaic Art’ exhibition, which runs until May 17 at Building 22.
Citing an example, Shukoor said a piece of work that depicts the ‘Holy Masjid of Makkah’ consists of more than 600,000 circular paper bits made using a paper-punch.
The tiny paper circles, mainly in five colours, have been placed on a platform measuring 3m x 4m. The stunning piece took over two years to complete and the paper punch cuts were obtained by punching various glossy magazines and articles.
Shukoor’s display comprises some of the most ambitious pieces that she has produced. She has skillfully incorporated various themes and subjects throughout her presentation, resulting in a unique spectrum of artwork.
“This is my first solo exhibition in which I’m proudly depicting pictures and paintings of Islamic architecture, nature-like landscapes and characters,” she said.
“My favourite art-piece is the depiction of the Holy city of Makkah, done using dot art installation on a massive scale. I used paper cuts in various colors, red, blue, yellow, green and white,” the artist added. “Makkah is a symbol of hope and universal brotherhood.”
“I hope this work spreads the message of peace, love, and tranquility of the Islamic faith during a period of conflicts and misunderstandings across the globe,” she said.
Speaking at the inauguration of the exhibition, Katara general manager Dr Khalid bin Ibrahim al-Sulaiti said: “This is a result of Katara’s mission to enhance the art scene by hosting such exhibitions that showcase the work of an array of artists that include both Qatari citizens and expatriates.”
The artist thanked Katara for displaying her works, as she lauded the facilities and arrangements at the venue. The exhibition welcomes visitors from 10am to 10pm.