Written by Mariam Waheed | Writer
On the artistic experiences of Amna Suheyl | Visual Artist, Educator, Curator
Wikipedia defines drawing as a form of expression that uses instruments to mark paper or other two-dimensional surfaces. Mark-making is as old as human history and, it has always been an integral part of everyday communication not limited to visual artists. Suffix or prefix, Mark making is a derivative.
October is romanticized and glamorized worldwide by writers, filmmakers, artists and lovers alike. Launched in conjunction with its changing seasons and collective behaviour, Inktober has been lauded as a universal celebration of drawing in the global art community. In the spirit of this transition, Amna Suheyl’s solo titled, Diary of an October at Dominion in Lahore took on the Inktober challenge, dealing with the forms and ideas concerning the themes of diaspora, migration and archival history of transience.
Adapting drawing as an ancient tool of storytelling, Suheyl acknowledges our centuries-old fascination with visuals. She further emphasizes that drawing holds a special place in the hierarchy of the mediums used for mark making by artists. Her thirty-one prints made during October are dynamic and experiential. They are metaphors to catch up with the ever-changing world, intended to look in progress. These prints invoke different emotional responses by the viewer, taking them on a journey accompanied by Suheyl.
The exhibition is essentially a display of Suheyl’s journey, a ritualistic channel that transports the viewer into her mundane life. It brings out the process hidden in the studios – the process of creation in a non-critical space. These unframed prints hang suspended between timelines. They are titled after their dates which effortlessly harmonizes them while maintaining each print’s grandeur.
Suheyl’s diary, although tender, is enduring. It tells the tales of a young and keen individual who spends her days figuring out the truths hidden in the plot of her life.
October 17, 2021, Amna Suheyl, monotype on paper, All copyrights retained by the Artist, 2021