Ayesha Feisal is a visual artist born and based in London. Within her art, she creates complex, amorous forms and explores psychological states.
Her work is an ongoing response to events and situations, through which she uses the human form as a means to exploring the psyche.
Better Version, acrylic on canvas, 100 x 150cms
Transmutation, acrylic on canvas, 100 x 150 cms
Missing Element, acrylic on canvas, 100 x 150 cms
The Things We Don’t Say, acrylic on canvas, 100 x150 cms,
“Following a period of personal loss and challenges, I was forced to rethink and reevaluate my position, and the various roles I occupied. The psychological and physiological changes that occurred inspired me to start this body of work.
There are references and symbols within the work that allude to the changeable qualities within us, the idea of metamorphosis and the potential transformation of the internal and external human landscape . The circular motifs represent renewal and regeneration, they are also symbolic of the cyclical nature of the spirit.”
With Adam’s Ale, Eve Knows
“Adam’s Ale is an old colloquial term for Water (based on the presumption that biblical Adam had only water to drink in the Garden of Eden).
I wanted to include water within these works for the symbolic references including fertility, source of life, wisdom and intuition. The deepest waters in this world are still unexplored, so for me water also represents a kind of mysticism. The changeable qualities of water (liquid, solid, vapour) also allude to the idea of metamorphosis.
When I was titling the works, I was thinking about the female’s position in a patriarchal culture. How (as a society) did we arrive at Patriarchy and its set of ideas?
It got me thinking about the Adam and Eve creation story…how possibly the narratives and dogma we’re exposed to from childhood (ie Eve’s punishment for her disobedience) form subconscious beliefs in the psyche which are then perpetuated throughout the years without question. These then provide justification for the status quo? So whilst it was important to me (visually) to celebrate the feminine form and its characteristics, I also wanted to make reference to this.”
Modern science teaches us that our cells contain DNA which is the blueprint for the complete design of our physical bodies. They also hold the blueprint for our emotional, mental and spiritual state. Could a biological inherited language/ code running through our bodies and being inform notions of self?
These paintings form part of a series of work exploring value and knowledge of self through the ideas of genetic make up and cell memory.
Macula, acylic on board, 20 x 25 cms
Masterplan, acrylic on board, 20 x 25 cms
Lynchpin, acrylic on board, 20 x 25cms
Vestige, acrylic on board, 20 x 25 cms
Open Cell, acrylic on board, 20 x 25 cms
Hawa’s Gift , acrylic on board, 20 x 25 cms
Intrinsic, acrylic on board, 20 x 25 cms
Decoder, acrylic on board, 20 x 25 cms
The Beautiful Echelon, acrylic on board, 20 x 25 cms
Her Moon, acrylic on board, 20 x 25 cms
Through The Kaleidoscope
“Why is it, that one of the first books given to a child, is one that lets him/ her discover the world through colour? It’s because it’s such a fundamental language that even a child can relate.
Colour can affect our states of being and carry sensations into the subconscious mind. We are often drawn to and like particular colours for particular things, without knowing why…
Much study has been done on the effects of colour, and it’s interesting to see it can affect us on psychological level…
In this series I explore various emotional states through the use of colour.”
Subliminal Data Purge
This painting represents the conscious act of ‘de programming’.
That moment when we take responsibility for what we allow in our personal space and minds.
We are surrounded by images, sound and all sorts of information that affects us at a base level. It could be negative thought patterns (or people) that lower our frequency, there then becomes a need to expel these in order to lift our emotional state.
The feminine energy is often thought of as being gentle and emotional, when in fact she is bold as well — she is the force of transformation.
All souls possess both male and female energies however, when the process of change is necessary, it is feminine energy we draw on and that flows to make that transformation.
Dispelling The Myth
At times when faced with negative attitudes, stereotyped or even misjudged it’s easy to become angry, frustrated or hurt.
Sometimes these feelings can consume us in ways that are detrimental to our spiritual well being, peace and growth.
It is not our job to change others perception of us or to convince them of our worth. We owe it to ourselves to simply ‘be’. To have the freedom to be ourselves without having to explain, the freedom to be ourselves without having to justify or seek approval…
We are surrounded by a force and though not always apparent, it flows within and around us, and which we all emit at varying frequencies.
At times we obscure what really lies at the core of our being to both ourselves and to others.
We manipulate our outer selves in order to influence others’ perceptions of us, creating personas to fit the situation or environment.