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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 . August 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." Andrew Harvey

“It is only when we realize that life is taking us nowhere that it begins to have meaning.� P.D. Ouspensky


the form of the last shadow wood 41 x 8 x 8 inches


dawning into coherence wood 40 x 8 x 8 inches


a word of love in the shape of burning awareness, i offer oil on paper 44 x 29 inches


an innocent spread of elements at the heart of time, which forms cannot reach oil on paper 62 x 29 inches


open presence, where everything touches everything oil on paper 45 x 25 inches


touching blind, inside out. 1 oil and pigment on paper 25 x 18 inches


touching blind, inside out. 2 oil and pigment on paper 25 x 18 inches


touching blind, inside out. 3 oil and pigment on paper 25 x 18 inches


touching blind, inside out. 4 oil and pigment on paper 25 x 18 inches


touching blind, inside out. 5 oil and pigment on paper 25 x 18 inches


touching blind, inside out. 6 oil and pigment on paper 25 x 18 inches


touching blind, inside out. 7 oil and pigment on paper 25 x 18 inches


touching blind, inside out. 8 oil and pigment on paper 25 x 18 inches


touching blind, inside out. 9 oil and pigment on paper 25 x 18 inches


touching blind, inside out. 10 oil and pigment on paper 25 x 18 inches


in the absolute presence of a distant light. 1 oil on paper 36.5 x 25 inches


in the absolute presence of a distant light. 2 oil on paper 36.5 x 25 inches


and of skies it is said ‘there are seven’ oil on timber 36 x 36 inches


skin rituals over a flesh weakness oil on timber 36 x 36 inches


the way one comes to fade oil on paper 45 x 28.5 inches


the way one fades into the other fabric 30 x 60 inches


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.


Ayessha Quraishi

Solo Shows 2013

'Liminal’, Khaas Art Gallery, Islamabad, Pakistan

2013

'Continuous / Present’, Rothas II, Lahore, Pakistan

2012

'Letters From An Underground Vein Read' Koel Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan

1998

Indus Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan

1997

The Art Gallery, Islamabad, Pakistan

1995

NCA Gallery, Lahore, Pakistan

1995

Gallery Ardeco Avignon, France

Group Shows 2016

‘Awaken Our Legacy’ - Standard Chartered Bank, World Trade Centre Branch, Karachi

2015

‘Birwa’ Showdown 2015, Sadequain Gallery, Karachi

2014

‘Mostra Internazionale di Pittura’, Matera, Italy

2014

‘Summer Scape 2014' Koel Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan

2013

‘October Passage' Canakkale, Turkey

2013

‘Summer Scape 2014' Koel Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan

2013

‘Intimacy' Koel Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan

2012

‘Abstract Art In Contemporary Russia' Moscow

2012

‘Universal Sapience' Freiburg, Germany

2011

La Galleria Pall Mall, London, United Kingdom

2002

‘Takhti Project’, Toronto, Canada

2001

‘Takhti Project’, Sadequain Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan

2000

Alliance Francaise, Karachi, Pakistan

1999

Alliance Francaise, Karachi, Pakistan

1998

Zenini Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan

1996

Gallery Ardeco Avignon, France

1995

Gallery Sadequain, Karachi, Pakistan

1995

Indus Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan

1995

PNCA Gallery, Islamabad, Pakistan

1995

NCA Gallery, Lahore, Pakistan

1991

Shakir Ali Gallery, Lahore, Pakistan

1990

Shakir Ali Gallery, Lahore, Pakistan

1989

VM Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan


Performance 2013 'Riwhyti' One Night Stand, Amin Gulgee Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan 2012

‘Scroll 98 feet x 42 inches’, Koel Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan

Residencies 2013

'Hic - 2' Workshop, Turgutreis / Bodrum, Turkey

2011

Winter Academy, Fayoum, Egypt

2010

International Painting Symposium, Luxor, Egypt

1996

Association Saint-Henri, France

Biennials 2013

Bodrum Biennial, Turkey

2011

Biennial Izmir, Turkey

Video 2012

https://vimeo.com/55042462

Publications 2013

http://lanternjournal.org/category/v2-i2-2013/

2012

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/39162935/final intimicacy catalog- spreads.pdf

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