OPEN PRESENCEontemplative works by AYESSHA QURAISHI
1 - 17 SEP 2016
Ayessha Quraishi is a self-taught painter, currently based in Karachi. She has exhibited in major cities across Pakistan as well as internationally in Avignon, Freiberg, London, Moscow, Toronto and Matera. Quraishi has also participated in Biennial Izmir, 2011; the Bodrum Biennial, 2013; and Mostra Internazionale di Pittura, Matera, Italy, 2014.
Quraishi's work employs gestural mark-making. And she often integrates drawing, painting, and digital media in order to explore the meditative nature of artistic practice.
Open presence is an acknowledgment of the space of consciousness, an intermediate space between senses and states. A place one may come to observation without preferences. A holding place between the ordinary and sublime at once.
The skin, senses and states are porous through which one may sieve into open presence, where everything touches everything.
Ayessha Quraishi. 2016
All major mystical traditions have recognized that there is a paradox at the heart of the journey of return to Origin. ...Put simply, this is that we are already what we seek, and that what we are looking for on the Path with such an intensity of striving and passion and discipline is already within and around us at all moments. The journey and all its different ordeals are all emanations of the One Spirit that is manifesting everything in all dimensions; every rung of the ladder we climb toward final awareness is made of the divine stuff of awareness itself; Divine Consciousness is at once creating and manifesting all things and acting in and as all things in various states of self-disguise throughout all the different levels and dimensions of the universe.
“It is only when we realize that life is taking us nowhere that it begins to have meaning.”