15th February 2021 - 28th February 2021

VM Art Gallery is pleased to present Transcendence, a two-person exhibition of works by Mariya Shaikh and Fariha Rashid. The exhibition will open Monday, 15th February 2021 and continue until 28th February, 2021 during regular gallery hours from Monday to Saturday 11am – 7pm.

In this exhibition both artists employ an intuitive and process-based handling of their materials to create landscapes celebrating spiritual and emotional realms.

Mariya Shaikh’s work is birthed from visions she sees while meditating. In the quiet observation of that still space, she sees images in her mind’s eye that illustrate people’s transcendent divine nature. During these sacred visits she plays with the unseen, and articulates the experiences of the poetic invisible using a medium originally designed for evidence gathering. Her work functions as a visual meditation to inspire a similar state in the viewer.

Fariha Rashid uses natural forms to symbolise human growth, evolution, and excellence. She considers struggle in the face of challenge an essential aspect of the human condition. She identifies the successful outcome of such struggle on several levels – emotional, professional, personal. Her work observes the celebration of achievement, or the after party. It translates into her medium via complex, layered visual elements which come together to create an image suggesting ease and tranquillity.

Fariha Rashid is based in Lahore and was born in Doha, Qatar. She received her BFA from Lahore College for Women University and M.Phil from Punjab University: Research Center, College of Art and Design. She is a Lecturer at University of Gujrat, and a co-founder of the online art gallery FW Art Space. She has also contributed to Nigaah Magazine as a guest writer. She has shown in numerous group shows and two solo shows including at Nomad Gallery, My Art World, Ejaz Art Gallery, Art scene, Creative Art Gallery, Kirklees College London and more.

Mariya Shaikh was born and raised in Sindh, Pakistan. Her early creative interests and talents brought her to study Art and Design at Jamshoro, where she received a BA in Design. Her fascination with texture, colour and depth comes from Textiles. She is an active member and also a design instructor at International Museums for Textile Projects, Australia. She has exhibited locally and internationally including in Dubai, Canada, India and Pakistan.