Fauzia Minallah

The work I do is inspired by the whole range of cultural influences I have experienced. I find inspiration in the ancient slate cemetries of my parents hometown in Sirikot, Hazara in the North Western part of Pakistan, but I love digital technology too. I enjoy using Adobe Photoshop to create my images and then animate them with the movie maker. My work is varied and I use media that I love using at a particular time for a specific project.

The folk art 'chitarkari' or slate carving , wood carving of Kalash and Kohistan have been sources of inspiration for me. Traditional handicrafts from Pakistan like chundri ( tie and dye scarves) and rilli ( hand stitched appliqué quilts) inspire me too. Lately due to traveling to different countries my favorite medium is fabric.

Moved by aspects of our culture which are fast disappearing, I have painted or carved without a view to the market. The time that needs to be spent on negotiation I have spent working on art projects with children, and for the conservation of traditional skills and natural beauty. These activities I take as seriously as my creative work.

I love art and even more now that I see it vanishing in much of Pakistan –both the art of galleries in some parts of Pakistan and the splendid art of nature. For me art is not only man made found in galleries and museums, but also out there in nature. I am privileged to have been the moving force behind saving old and historical trees as 'Natural monuments' in Islamabad.

Most of my time is dedicated in sharing my art with children. Whether it is through organising art workshops or by illustrating and writing picture books and giving them free of cost to children in 'difficult circumstances', through my charity Funkor Childart Center. Animation is a wonderful medium that I use for my work with children as well as satire on politics.