“The Beauty of Being Uncomfortable”
Featuring Humaira Abid, Sculptor
Thursday, May 11
7:00 AM - 9:00 AM
1105 Sixth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
Her medium is wood. Her focus is on social inequities. Her feelings, particularly, about the roles that women are expected to play in her native Pakistan are nothing if not forthright. Yet there’s such a surreal ingenuity to her work that it comes across as more mysterious than didactic. Her sculptures have the verve of dark riddles.” The Seattle Times
Humaira Abid was born in Pakistan. She aspired to be an artist but her family had a doctor in mind. In a move counter to her cultural directive, she took a stand and followed her passion, graduating from art school with honors. The concept of taking a stand became and remains an integral part of the narrative in her art both in the meaning of her pieces but also in her pursuit of their creation. Her passion for giving voice and shining light on the unique struggles of women have made her a force of inspiration in the art world. In her own words,
“Whether women conform to society’s expectations or … break the rules and live freely, they are always subject to criticism and targeting. No matter their choice of lifestyle, their inability to live without judgment is like living life at gunpoint.” Humaira Abid as quoted in the Seattle Times
Join us in May to meet this talented artist and learn about her journey to America, as well as discover the heart and soul that goes into her beautiful and provocative creations.
These links provide a sample of her unique artistry.
She has a show in beginning in September, 2017 at the Bellevue Arts Museum. For more information:
Humaira Abid picks up ordinary images from everyday life and makes them extraordinary. Her basic interest is situations in ‘relationships’ and the after effects. Some of her work is humorous, some ironical. Her themes are timeless. The presentation is contemporary. She turns, carves, constructs in wood and combines it with different mediums with great skill and detailing.
Humaira is one of a small number of female sculptors to rise to the top of her field. Her commitment to her artistic career is illustrated by her continuous pursuit of excellence and participation in art residencies, art exhibitions, art fairs, symposiums and workshops.
Humaira’s work has been reviewed by the Seattle Times, the Stranger, KUOW Public Radio, the Seattle Weekly and the Huffington Post. She has appeared in the Stranger’s Arts & Performances Quarterly magazine, Sculptural Pursuit, American art collector magazine and in-flight magazine of AIR INDIA. Documentaries about her work have been produced by PBS (which was nominated for the NW Emmy Awards) and the Bellevue Arts Museum.
She has exhibited her exquisite work nationally and internationally including in Malaysia, India, Pakistan, Mauritius, Nepal, Kenya, Dubai, Bolivia, Germany, Russia, UK, USA and won many awards and grants. Humaira recently wasawarded an Artist Trust Fellowship. Her work has been exhibited in prestigious galleries and museums throughout the world and published in books, catalogues and newspapers internationally.
Humaira was born, raised and educated in Pakistan. She moved to Seattle nine years ago and now lives and works on the eastside of Lake Washington.
*Street parking may be limited. There are parking garages in the area as well as access to public transportation.