Haya Sehgal is a contemporary Artist. She received her degree in Visual Communications from the Maryland Institute College of Art (Maryland, USA). Whilst there, she was awarded a Merit Scholarship as well as a Presidential Scholarship by the College. She worked as a Graphic Designer in the creative department of a marketing agency in New York for several years before moving back to Pakistan where she currently resides.
Once back home, she started exploring Islam through its broader spectrum, over the years and channeled her own work towards its values and philosophy.
In 2009, she was invited by the organizers of the prestigious Festival of Thinkers in Abu Dhabi,UAE, to display her Calligraphy for a solo exhibition. The Festival of Thinkers is a Biennial Conference which acts as a platform for world leaders, philosophers and Nobel Laureates, from around the world to come together and share their ideas and thoughts.
Haya’s inspiration comes from the Quran and the attributes of the names of Allah. The repetitive strokes in her work, a trademark of her unique style, represent the repetition of recitation or Dhikr (the remembrance of Allah). Her work gives an insightful glance at themes derived through Islamic teachings and tradition.
Perhaps from a process of self revision can I find solace in exploring the endeavor to gain even an iota of enlightenment through the passage of learning and growing beyond my own coordinates of underlying borders. It is through dissecting measures of self reflection, spiritual guidance and discourse; by re-drawing and revising my own lines of imperfection do I find relief, and a language (text) that keeps unveiling. Of one thing I am sure, the more I learn, I realize how little I know.
I can only describe my work as 'humble strokes of devotion'. My inspiration comes from the Quran and the attributes of the names of Allah. The repetitive strokes which make up the paintings, represent the repetition of recitation or Dhikr (the remembrance of Allah). Each line converts into an act of praise, a call to the Highest, a pain of repentance and a hope for forgiveness.