“Rakhshanda does not have a destination in mind. She has a traveller’s journey ahead of her rather than a tourists’ planned itinerary,” says art critic, Aasim Akhtar.
Akhtar describes Atawar’s artwork aptly. The artist’s minimalistic paintings are wildly spontaneous in nature. The work does not project a fixed subject matter but rather, is open to interpretation. The artwork incites within the viewer several sentiments. The open ended nature of the paintings and the sporadic application of paint create an influx of human emotions within the viewer.
Coming from a family that has committed itself to the Arts, Atawar also sports an intense urge to create. She is known for her compulsive need to paint everyday without a break, using a range of different mediums. She uses paint, inks, charcoal, collage and also samad bond (adhesive) in her practice.
Atawar’s work is created without inhibitions as she refuses to cater to popular demand, art collectors and critics.
“There is no great philosophy behind it. (My work) is about turning the flat surface into a space and then the space into an emotion,” says the artist.
Rakhshanda is as an artist and educator. She served as the Principal of Hunerkada, Lahore for eight years. She then went on to teaching at the National College of Business Administration and Economics (NCBAE). She is also the director of Gallery 39k, a contemporary art space in Lahore.
The artist exhibited her work in The Line Unleashed, a solo show held at Khaas Gallery in 2010.
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