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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.”