.M Contemporary is proud to show Australian artist Mehwish Iqbal in one of her first solo shows at a commercial gallery.
Mehwish Iqbal is an Australian emerging artists whose star is truly on the ascent. Following her recent show Diaspora-Making Machines and curated by Paul Howard at Blacktown Arts Centre and her participation in a group show curated by Alexie Glass-Kantor, Talia Linz and Sophia Kouyoumdjian at Art Space in December, this solo show will include new works on paper, paintings and sculpture. This body of work deals with a range of cultural and social issues including the displacement of refugees, migration stories and human trafficking.
Mehwish is currently interested in exploring the role of women and children in contemporary society and the phenomena of global migration in relation to the commodification of human agency.
“In this work I am dealing with migration and how I take that journey into a visual experience and transcend through a work that is not literal, but at the same time provides insight into what is happening to people who migrate and how they fit into society,” artist Mehwish Iqbal says.
Mehwish describes her work as a synthesis of eclectic concerns that generate from the realm of personal experiences of social, cultural and political landscapes in the country of her birth, Pakistan, and her home Australia. By layering images and sewing into fragile surfaces, Mehwish references the human body and tackles many aspects of assimilation and adaptation. “For me clothing became a manipulative vehicle and insight into an individual culture and history,” she says.
Having just left Parramatta Artist Studios in December 2016, Mehwish will now take up residence in Brooklyn, NY for part of 2017, further expanding her practice and further sharing her talent with the world.
“My practice incorporates a diverse set of media including printmaking, textiles, painting and installation art. “It shapes, reforms or appropriates itself according to the vocabulary of the ideas; often referencing the natural world and the human body. My familiarity and fascination with paper makes it a consistent part of my practice – its fragility and tactile nature allows me to use it to constantly explore new dimensions,” she says. “The grammar of art for me is abstract, non- descriptive and embedded with layering of visual dialect that speaks at a physical and intellectual level. It is a language to communicate and initiate a universal discourse, spelling strong underlying commentary that questions social and cultural norms,” she says.
.M Contemporary Founder Michelle Paterson says Mehwish shows an inimitable talent for making large, far ranging ideas accessible and beautiful.
“Mehwish’s work is highly conceptual and intellectual, but the execution means it resonates at an emotional level,” Paterson says. “She brings to life complex subject matter in a visceral way, both drawing her audience into her narrative and yet leaving space for greater interpretation and ambiguity,” she says.