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.
“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.
“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.
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