Humaira Abid can make wood look as flexible as a rubber hot-water bottle or as hard as a cast-iron faucet. She can make it curve and curl — or turn into shoes and shoelaces. She can even transform it into a shirt, trousers, jacket and dress that hang with convincing limpness from stainless-steel hangers in an open clothes closet… But Abid, a Pakistani artist who divides her time between Seattle and Lahore, also packs a visceral punch with her content. – The Seattle Times (Michael Upchurch, “Review: Seattle sculptor Humaira Abid blends dazzling craft, potent content in Red”, April 2011)
Humaira Abid is inspired by a folk art form that many enjoy: woodworking. She has combined it with a craft of her native Pakistan: miniature painting as illustration. What followed is Abid’s unique story as an artist. Using her chosen art forms for social commentary and personal self-expression, Abid has honed her skill and techniques to make these materials sing and rise to become fine art.
Sculptor Humaira Abid will present “From Ordinary to Extraordinary,” a talk about her inspiration and artistic process, situating her work in the context of feminism, international women’s issues, and the landscape of contemporary Pakistani artists for Folkstarter Friends of Folklife on September 22.
A selection of Abid’s work opened at ArtXchange Gallery on August 4 and is currently featured at the Tacoma Art Museum. Humaira Abid takes ordinary objects from everyday life and makes them extraordinary. Some of her work is humorous, some ironical. Abid turns, carves, and constructs in wood, combined with various mediums using great skill and detail.
Abid 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 and participation in art residencies, art exhibitions, symposiums and workshops.
Abid’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 have been produced on Abid’s work by PBS KCTS9 TV Chanel (which got nominated for NW Emmy Awards) and Bellevue Arts Museum, WA, USA.
Abid 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.
About Art Xchange Gallery
ArtXchange Gallery is a unique art gallery exhibiting artists who explore culture, social issues, and heritage. We work with local, national and international artists who reflect diversity of influences shaping the Seattle community and contemporary global culture. ArtXchange aims to spread appreciation for the beautiful art and craft traditions that continue to inspire and inform artists today, as well as provide exposure for artists whose work educates audiences, asks questions, and creates dialogue about our world.
About Folkstarter Friends of Folklife
Folkstarters support Northwest Folklife’s sustainability and growth, and year-round multi-cultural programs with annual gifts of $250 and over. To RSVP and for more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. All gifts make the Folklife magic happen.
Next Friend of Folklife Meet Ups
Mark your calendar for new opportunities to experience arts, culture, and community.
October 2 at the Northwest Tea Festival: Friends of Folklife are invited to RSVP to a free tea tasting on October 2nd at the 2016 Northwest Tea Festival (October 1st and 2nd). Sample several delicious international teas prepared and served by industry experts while meeting and mingling with your fellow Friends of Folklife. Limited to the first 20 RSVPs, festival admission not included, information for attendees will be sent out early September. To RSVP and for more information, please email email@example.com.
Sunday, October 9: 3rd annual Seattle Children’s Festival at the Seattle Center. This multi-cultural, inter-generational festival will feature music, dance, activities, and exploration from around the globe. No admission charge, thanks to your donations.
Saturday, November 12: Friends of Folklife meet the Clay Club: fun and neighborly times with Pottery Northwest and Northwest Folklife. $10 for Friends of Folklife and Clay Club members.