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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.

The Favourable Construct, 70 x 90 cms, acrylic on canvas
Panel 1

current work

“My current work explores the effects of social engineering, in particular  technological advances, the development of artificial intelligence and how it impacts our behaviour and our sense of self.

During the first lockdown period I felt a real need to ground and to earth. I had this intense urge to cultivate and start growing…to bring the outside in, in a sense.

It got me thinking about the relationship between ecosystems; the growth of virtual networks; our reliance on tech and how it’s become an extension of ourselves.

The work in this series is ongoing.

Saving Grace web

 

Panel 2

Transitions

“Following a period of personal loss and challenges,  I was forced to rethink and re-evaluate my position and the various roles I occupied. The psychological and physiological changes that occurred inspired me to start this body of work.

Transmutation
studio shot of ‘Transmutation’; 100 x 150 cms, acrylic on canvas

Better Version
Better Version, acrylic on canvas, 100 x 150cms

_031The Things We Do
The Things You Don’t Say, 100 x 150 cms, acrylic on canvas

The Gift 1
The Gift (i), 90 x 90 cms, acrylic on canvas

With Adam’s Ale, Eve Knows

‘With Adam’s Ale, Eve Knows’s (I) , Triptych, acrylic on canvas 90 x 80 cms (each panel measures 30 x 80 cms)

“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.”

Panel 3

Imprint

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.

Panel 4

Formation

 

Who Said You Could Have It? 100 x 150 cms, acrylic on canvas
Who Said You Could Have It? 100 x 150 cms, acrylic on canvas

Visceral Flower, 100 x 150 cms, acrylic on canvas
Visceral Flower, 100 x 150 cms, acrylic on canvas

De Cipher, 90 x 90 cms, acrylic on canvas
Di Cipher, 90 x 90 cms, acrylic on canvas

GodessFlow, 30 x 80 cms, acrylic on canvas
Goddess Flow, 30 x 80 cms acrylic on canvas

 

The Source, 30 x 80 cms, acrylic on canvas
The Source, 30 x 80 cms, acrylic on canvas

Nucleus. 30 x 80 cms, acrylic on canvas
Nucleus, 30 x 80 cms, acrylic on canvas

Panel 5

Through The Kaleidoscope

web DIS (1)
Dream In Suspension, 76 x 153 cms, acrylic on canvas

Subliminal Data Purge
Subliminal Data Purge, acrylic on canvas, 70 x 70 cms

web EVE
Eve-Olution, acrylic on canvas, 90 x 90cms

web DIS (2)
Dispelling The Myth,  acrylic on canvas, 90 x 90 cms

Energy Facade
Energy Facade, acrylic on canvas, 90 x 90 cms

web HEAD
Headspace 50 x 60 cms, acrylic on canvas

web c 1
Circumvent , 90 x 90 cms, acrylic on canvasp

web ILL
Illumination, 50 x 50 cms, acrylic on canvas