Anam Feerasta is an emerging artist who was born and raised in Karachi, Pakistan, and today resides in Toronto. Painting predominantly in acrylic and oil paints, Anam explores personal identity in the context of abstract, universal truths that are grounded in ideas of love, oneness, spirituality, and devotion. Her oeuvre involves examining different barriers, both external and internal, that prevent one's identity from being fully realized. Combining figuration and abstraction to create layered, textural compositions, Anam alludes to her own struggle to build an independent identity after relocating to a new culture as a young adult.
Q: DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE COLOR PALETTE TO WORK WITH?
A: I don’t really have a specific colour palette that I work with, but I do tend to gravitate towards brighter tones and blue. Ultramarine blue is my favorite colour and it shows up in a lot of my works. Colour application is very intuitive, and the painting process is much like being in conversation with the painting surface. Each artwork has a mind of its own and if you are present, it tells you what colour it needs.
Q: HOW DO YOU KNOW WHEN A WORK OF ART IS COMPLETE?
A: When creating a work, I think it’s important to distinguish between what the work needs and what you as the artist want the work to embody. If these two ideas are aligned, then you just know when you’ve arrived at a place where adding anything more to the artwork will only take away from what you’re trying to express. I’ve often been in a position where what I want from the painting is at odds with what the painting wants to become, and in those times, it is definitely a struggle to find that point of completion in the work.
Q: WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO YOU TO BE A PART OF KISMET ART CO.?
A: I believe in the values Kismet Art Co. stands for and I feel excited and honoured to be a part of this very unique initiative. It means that through my work and by sharing my experiences as a South Asian artist, I can contribute to the change that Kismet Art Co. is trying to make in the art world. I am also looking forward to the potential opportunity for future collaborations with a community of artists who share similar values and experiences.