Born in 1975 in Pakistan, brought up in Lancashire and now living in Shropshire, Halima’s varied, multi-cultural background is tangibly present in her work.
A natural creativity presented itself at an early age and was nurtured to fruition as Halima carved her way through an art-based education: an undergraduate degree in 1997 and an MA in 2002.
The culmination of this process is Halima’s precociously mature work. Fusing her Asian roots with a fascination for African pattern work and her deep passion for architectural geometry, Halima’s work is intense yet playful, structured yet creative; substantial yet dynamic and invariably compelling in its originality.
I have developed my own individual & unconventional methodsof working with clay whereby I create thick-walled forms, carving them deeply into intricate, geometric designs. The finished pieces of varying depth & scale push the physical limits of the material. I enjoy creating a mood and feeling of dynamic tension in my workby playfully manipulating the planes and facets of the patterns against each other. The stresses that this creates help me to achieve the maximum impact within the overall design.
Geometry is the starting point for my designs and I use this to create illusions of movement and enhance the interplay of light and shadow. In this way I hope my work engages the viewer, inviting further exploration. When creating a piece, the most exciting moment for me is when my flat designs become dramatically transformed when charted over a structure/form and then taken to another level by heavily carving into it.
The hue of the clay body is crucial because I never use glazes, instead I rely solely on the clay-body itself (either stoneware or earthenware) to provide colour in my work. I am also dependent on the piece itself to bring out the tones and textures through themcontrasting surfaces of the burnished and unburnished areas, which are dramatize through the effects of light and shadow.
Although my principle relationship is with clay I am constantly innovating and developing my technical skills in other materials – the language/style remains the same however the final possibilities and outcomes are dictated through the individual properties and behaviour of the materials.