Tuesday, October 25, 2011 2:30 PM
Wood has the capacity to breathe life into a sculpture and capture the essence of its form. Humaira Abid utilizes the organic properties of this material to give her art a rich delicacy that juxtaposes the material's inherent hardness. In Perfect Figure, for example, the rigid outline she carved to represent a corset nevertheless evokes the soft quality of a woman's figure. In Clew in Wood, Abid has intricately carved a depth that is reminiscent not only of a ball of ribbon but the layers of skin and the complexity of a woman's body and soul.
Tuesday, October 25, 2011 2:28 PM
The materials mahogany and bronze are hard, dark and traditionally associated with men and masculinity. By sculpting the feminine experience out of these materials, Humaira Abid blurs the line between genders and the roles stereotypically allotted to them. In these works, Abid reintroduces the masculine into her sculptures in the forms of male shoes, shirts and razors, but by juxtaposing these objects next to pacifiers, bottles and blouses, she explores the roles men play in parenting as they increasingly assume more "maternal" roles in childcare. As men share in the parenting process more equally, women are free to assume different roles in the workplace and beyond.
Wednesday, June 10, 2009 3:24 PM
Wood has the capacity to breathe life into a sculpture and capture the essence of its form. Humaira Abid utilizes the organic properties of this material to give her art a rich delicacy that contrasts with the material's inherent hardness. In Mother and Child, she carves out a large rosebud form with the luscious quality of a real flower. By casting a smaller, inset rosebud out of bronze, Humaira gives Mother and Child added inner strength.