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What Happens When I Draw!

 

I liked the idea of drawings being a small window to one's individuality. Later I also discovered about reshaping and redefining from what is already there.

 

 

 

"i for Apple"

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It's all about Drawing:

"its process, its role and its meaning, is unique in its shared and consistent use throughout history. To some extent it remains outside, or at least beside, this narrative. If it is seen as separate from art history, drawing can therefore be viewed in two ways: either as another means to participate in an art in crisis, or as a means to escape the boundaries of current aesthetic trends. Being bracketed off from the mainstream has facilitated the current popularity that reiterates its particular properties."

 

Tracey Drawing Now, 2007

 

 

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Is my practice method Intuitive? Responsive? Spontaneous? Resolving? or self satisfying? Does the Intuitive-nature not have an inbuilt potential of controlling the Concept...? Especially, if the concept is not predetermined? But in trying to dominate the intuitive, does the concept not exterminate originality? Or can these coexist? I don't know! May be there is a balance? Or maybe not! Is it confusing? Or is it making sense? I am not sure. I know Something. I used to know. Do I know NOW..? What if I KNOW…? What if I CAN know…? But can I…? May be yes…? May be not…? Even if I can, will it mean anything…? Anymore… I live in a Contemporary World, where Meanings are losing meanings, meanings have multiple meanings, meanings have no meanings. My meanings, Your meanings...His meanings..Her meanings. Realities are multiple, Multiple Realities!!! Realities are subjective, everyone has his own reality, but Meanings can be constructed. Can I then construct meanings?…. Can I c o n s t r u c t R e a l i t i e s ? I h a v e q u e s t i o n s... M a n y Q u e s ti o n s… Some Questions…. No Questions!!! My work seems to undergo a constant friction... It has gone through a struggle between body and soul… form and sensation…the tangible and the intangible.… Can I initiate a dialogue? An interaction? Interaction through the images... Images that I draw…? Images!!! We have thousands of images…stored in our conscious and subconscious mind.... I translate visuals from memory…fragmented memory…. Through the medium of drawings, I have an idea that I need to mediate. I find it interesting to reinterpret unseen visual fragments on to material surfaces. …I have ideas!!!….lots of ideas. I prefer this idea... go on to that idea. These always keep coming. Tangible visual ideas…and images! They flow… get out of c o n t r o l. Just like D r e a m s, we have No control…. They do not necessarily relate to each other…. or Do they…?

 

 

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"Jamal translates imagination through his autographic methodology of drawing practice. Over the years, his art has evolved from automatic to autographic. He had worked in various creative disciplines and is a great fan of details. His diverse professional career can be confusing to those who have not known him. From graphic design, cartoon, illustration, education, drawing, digital art, stained glass.... he had been a part of all that in his 20 years professional practice. He has a unique taste for drawing.... In fact, it was his drawing proficiency that made him explore diverse aspects of the creative industry. Surrealism inspired him back in mid 90s and that is how he developed his autographic techniques. When asked about colours, he mentioned "my most favourite colours are Black & White." His go-to medium is pens and pencils. For the last 12 years he has managed to limit himself to stained glass, drawing and education only!"

 

 

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The aim of my drawing practice is self-enquiry. I create visuals from previously stored observations. I find it interesting to reinterpret visual fragments from memory on to material surfaces. This process is quite challenging yet very exciting. I work in a variety of media and disciplines. My art practice revolves around seen and unseen shapes. I can spot images in every visual shape and form. I am particularly interested in spotting hidden images on surfaces and I also like to create such hidden images and symbols in my own work.

 

 

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My desire has always been to make images, shapes to explore visual metaphors for my experience of realities. For me, the whole idea of Art practice and Education is that these should strengthen and complement each other. Art education should support the art practice and the art practice should then reflect back in the artist's education and educational environment or wherever the artist exists.

 

 

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The meanings are not fixed or absolute; it is shaped by the experiences and perspectives the individual who views the image brings to the encounter.

 

 

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N o w I w a n t t o K n o w !!!

I want to know Now!!! I have got to draw it. I need to paint the picture…. I wish I could play music…. Why not a three dimensional object…? I like your images… they do not construct meanings but they S p e a k…. And I like your metaphors… they do not visually speak, but they construct M e a n i n g s… Multiple meanings! How can you do that…? Should I tell you, I envy those who can manage to make meanings…in cross disciplinary art practices…? That's a part of todays artistic reality. What are your realities…? What are Our realities…? My realities…? What chips do we have on our shoulders…? These need to speak meanings…. I need to figure out…I like the idea of diving into something unseen to construct meanings…something hidden, somewhere. The process is challenging, but exciting. My practice methods are instinctive and instantaneous. Through this quest, I am trying to investigate the parallel between Real and Surreal. I wish to translate imagination through natural or instinctive means. Maybe to create Constructed SurRealities!

The aim of my drawing practice is self-enquiry. I have to objectify myself, to make it happen. It is not easy. I create visuals…I call it Autography. I do not rely on observations, and yet I do. And I experience Real Life...every day. But I am searching, to invent, to explore. I want to build. Hidden metaphors, symbols, through drawings and visuals within visuals... all containing multiple meanings. Based upon my amalgamated thoughts of what could be possible. I have chosen to explore and observe the drawing process. Understand how spontaneous decisions can invoke our artistic abilities while the art is being practiced. How much control do I have to change or reshape my practice? I am hoping my reflective practice will spark more questions......

and ideas in my and in viewers'

minds about my art practice

a n d c o n t e m p o r a r y

d r a w i n g s; to make it

m e a n i n g f u l . To

make this happen,

I draw...I want to

s e e w h a t

h a p p e n s

w h e n I

draw!!!

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“Drawing is a visual language that can communicate ideas and information through images. The history of Drawing demonstrate its use as studies to investigate the personal, social, natural, scientific, spiritual, and imaginative aspects of life. In addition to the investigative nature of the sketch, drawings can become more polished works of art making sensitive statements about the subject and content depicted.”

Department of Art and Art History, Washington, http://art.georgetown.edu/drawing

 

 

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The Process in this drawings is not so different from the one that led Doug Russell to create "Entangled Worlds." I also find myself inventing an entire new world through it. As a narrative, this work shows the experience of a conscious being emerging from a state of strain, a slow moving entity in dark environments or a fading memory, towards a point of no return. Like the creator who produced it, the viewer or the observer is left wandering in the drawn representation of the complex metaphor.

 

 

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My art practice is accomplished by using imagination to create images of what a variety of invisible subjects and theories may look like from the imaginary parallel universe. In the past, I have chosen to explore and observe the drawing process closely. How ‘instant decisions’ can invoke our artistic abilities when the art is being practiced. How much control do we have then to change or reshape our thoughts. How negative space can be turned into a positive one. Both experimentation and research inform my work. I have been looking into the philosophy of the sub-conscious mind. Using a combination of both, I hold images and thoughts, which is then projected into the work.

I translate my imagination through natural or instinctive means. I advocate and also hope to inspire others that the drawing methodology is not just to convey preliminary ideas onto paper but is itself a complete language and a mean of expression.

 

 

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“Harrison and Wood (2001) conclude in their summary of 20th century art, that art can and should be understood within the bounds of up-to-date contemporary thought. This paper suggests that shared emotional interactions in the drawing process can be understood within the context of contemporary research in terms of both Phenomenological and Positivist theory. I am not arguing that either approach is sufficient, but that both may be necessary, in understanding the place of emotion in interactive socially constructed realities between artist, model and audience..” Jan Keene, Tracey, 2013

 

 

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My desire has always been to make images, shapes to explore visual metaphors for my experience of realities. For me, the whole idea of Art practice and Education is that these should strengthen and complement each other. Art education should support the art practice and the art practice should then reflect back in the artist's education and educational environment or wherever the artist exists.

 

 

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The Applied Forms:

It feels as if empty surfaces provoke me to play and perform with them. Always inviting me to fill the gaps and emptiness that exists mutually. It may look weird at times, but it is always very fulfilling and a fun thing to do.

Submission for the Owl project . A fund raising art event "The Big Hoot" for The Children Hospital, Birmingham, UK - 2015

 

 

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Art commission for the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, UK - 2013

 

 

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"Our identity is something we perform over a life time, so this idea that we are this static thing, i think is an illusion... we are a series of... it's a baggage but eventually they build up into its ongoing lifelong artwork that is our individual identity and we feel it and we live it and we perform it." Grayson perry, Who Are You. Episode 1, Channel 4, 2014

 

 

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