"Due to years of conditioning our minds are trained to be confined within certain boundaries. The idea of applying limits on the identity is executed through a conduit of spontaneous and emotional strokes, that are bold and delicate within definite forms in my creative process.
It is about our inner contradictions. The desire to connect, need to be heard and be understood. To communicate with the world from within our being, simultaneously wanting t o become the one of many.’
My work has been and continues to be a meticulous experiment in a monochromatic palette. My interest lies in the socially conditioned boundaries that confine our thinking and behaviour, as well as the frivolous free-thinking spirituality that makes us who we really are. The approach is a process-based improvisation, an intricate exploration of our inner contradictions. Each mark, stroke and form are observations of the bipolar qualities we all have hidden within us. The need to communicate, follow, change – to be someone else. I execute my work with an intensity to express this emotional, passionate or even political inner conflict.
"An emerging self-taught Pakistani artist, Amena Bandukwala, is an observer of the world. Having lived across three continents, she translates her thoughts and her human experience into the black white and grey. She paints with relentless, repetitive, linguistically inspired patterns and sometimes with the primal instincts of an action painter. Her surfaces are soft, delicate, vulnerable and tough at the same time. Her work mirrors the scarred yet beautiful journey of life. Her Zen choice of colour, medium and dramatic compositions require contemplation." - Hawra H.