NIGHT 105 – THE STORY OF KING UMAR ‘IBN AL-NUMAN AND HIS FAMILY

Happy lull between Christmas and New Year! Glad this year has gone really well, highlights include starting my PhD on the 1001 Nights and a successful Carpet Pages II: Roots show – in addition to other works this beautiful work by Jia Niu @jianiu on the right also sold, forgot to post it!

#sold #carpetpages #carpetpagesIIroots #artistascurator #vaishaliprazmari #jianiu #artpavilionmileend #wrappinguptheyear #2019

NIGHT 104 – THE STORY OF KING UMAR ‘IBN AL-NUMAN AND HIS FAMILY

Great video work by Leni Dothan @leni_dothan at Richard Saltoun @richardsaltoun in the Matrescence show. Loved the mixture of maternal love, patience and boredom, really captured it and I’ve been there too!

‘Matrescence’ is a term coined by Dana Raphael (anthropologist in 1973) meaning transitional period of shifting the body and psyche in the process of becoming a mother, one that is never fully resolved. I like this term as it encapsulates the eternally changing role of a mother in general, no matter how old your kids are (nurse, teacher, cook, cleaner, tutor, driver, advisor, sounding board, shoulder etc etc)

#breastfeeding #naturaltermbreastfeeding #motherhood #lenidothan #matrescence #catherinemccormack #richardsaltoun #slade #practiceledphd

NIGHT 103 – THE STORY OF KING UMAR ‘IBN AL-NUMAN AND HIS FAMILY

‘I never sit on my paintings’ – I distinctly remember saying that to @islamicillumination on her Art Illuminated podcast @artilluminatedpod and look what happened… I did it…Doh! Never say never!

It’s fixable though, oil paint is infinitely flexible! Just paint over it.

#justpaintoverit #oilpaint #talismanicshirt #1001nightsphd #vaishaliprazmari #islamicillumination #artilluminatedpod #neversaynever #dontsitonyourpaintings #neversaynever

NIGHT 102 – THE STORY OF KING UMAR ‘IBN AL-NUMAN AND HIS FAMILY

Talismanic shirt

Pockets of the universe in main circles

Like a red carpet before royalty, as I like to say, painting the red undershade before the gold goes on top

Then have to do the other side

Work in progress

#talismanicshirt #painted #workinprogress #art #vaishaliprazmari #1001 #1001nightsphd #1001phd #pocketsoftheuniverse #redbeforegold #gold #artistsoninstagram #islamicart #inspiration #vaishaliprazmaribrushes #usingmybrushes #theperfectbrush

NIGHT 101 – THE STORY OF KING UMAR ‘IBN AL-NUMAN AND HIS FAMILY

Happy to be featured on the wonderful Art Illuminated podcast by Esra Alhamal of @islamicillumination

I listened to it and we actually covered loads of ground!

I talk about my art, journey as an artist, creative process, my life-changing moment encountering my favourite historical miniature painting, how the book as an object and an idea is central to my practice, my teaching and courses, ripping out book pages (! Not by me), carpet pages and Carpet Pages, the series of exhibitions I curate, weaving, roots, stories, thinking outside of the boxes and outside of the margins, escaping the frame, the difference between water-based and oil-based paint, different surfaces, vertical and horizontal perspectives and formats in western and eastern art, floating islands and series of islands giving multiple perspectives, not prioritising one over another, in the Deleuzian rhizomatic sense – no privileged viewpoint, magic carpets as islands, growing up in Hong Kong island hopping daily, changing my reference points and my early interest in the outlying and the marginal, the city and the natural landscape, anthropomorphism in landscapes, maps and the importance of islands in history, the spark in my childhood that prompted my 1001 Nights PhD adventure today, my 10,000 hours, being interrupted – like Shahrazad, who was also a mother – while also being in the flow and picking up where you left off and embracing that, historical art workshops and their deadlines, insomnia and creativity, frame narratives and stories within stories, fate and magic, early cinema and 16mm film, talismanic shirts, the Arabic abjad, letters and numbers and big numbers, survival instinct, the curating process and the story behind my brushes. Fittingly we recorded it in the @britishlibrary with all its attendant public sound effects 🙂 Thanks to Esra Alhamal for doing such a good job with her seamless editing skills!

See podcasts here: https://www.islamicillumination.com/podcast

#islamicillumination #artilluminated #artilluminatedpodcast #podcast #esraalhamal #vaishaliprazmari #1001

#1001nights #1001phd #hongkong #childhood #art #artist #journey #creativeprocess #brushes #theperfectbrush #vaishaliprazmaribrushes #miniaturepainting #carpet #carpetpages #islands

NIGHT 100 – THE STORY OF KING UMAR ‘IBN AL-NUMAN AND HIS FAMILY

African textiles @bruneigallery @soas School of Oriental and African Studies London – talismanic cloth with Maghribi script and amulet designs from Ghana, 20th century. Inspiration for my own talismanic shirt and designs.

Also seen are some indigo dyed men’s robes, love the display

From @karunthakar collection

#talismanicshirt #talisman #soas #bruneigallery #karunthakar #cloth #cotton #ink #magic #protection #1001phd #vaishaliprazmari #inspiration

NIGHT 99 – THE STORY OF KING UMAR ‘IBN AL-NUMAN AND HIS FAMILY

Transformer: A Rebirth of Wonder

Curated by Jefferson Hack

Artists Donna Huanca, Korakrit Arunanondchai Juliana Huxtable Evan Ifekoya Doug Aitken Quentin Lacombe Dozie Kanu Chen Wei Harley Weir & George Rouy Lawrence Len Sophia Al-Maria & Victoria Sin

Worlds within worlds

Shamanism

Technology

Speculative realism

Energy transference

Healing

@temple @strand @london @leylines

#sciencefiction #birthoftheinternet #prehistoric #futuristic #shamanism #contemporaryart #worldswithinworlds #1001 #vaishaliprazmari #inspiration #cave #temple