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Nurayah Sheikh Nabi

8.9.1971, Rawalpindi, Pakistan


F-15/1, 4th Gizri Street, Phase 4

Defence. Karachi - Pakistan


Biography


Nurayah Sheikh is an Art Educator and a practicing printmaker, she has been teaching for the last 18 years. She holds a BFA in Printmaking /Sculpture with a Distinction from the National College of Art, Lahore, Pakistan in 1993.


Her work has been exhibited with in Pakistan and Internationally. She has worked on a number of international educational exchange projects with regards to printmaking, including ‘Chaap’ India, the Hong Kong Print Studio and COFA in Australia. Her recent works have been shown in Singapore 2015 at the DECK Gallery and at the Sharjah Museum where she was invited as a guest speaker for the Panel discussion, “Trajectories”: 19th-21st century Printmaking from Pakistan and India.


Nurayah has worked on numerous community-building projects and is part of the core committee for ‘Pursukoon Karachi’, an organization that comprises of visual practioners, who work towards the betterment of the city through a peaceful creative approach. She has been an active member of ‘reimagining the walls of Karachi’ A project for I AM KARACHI, that aims to promote art activism and employ skills of artists who wish to engage with the city with a positive outlook. She is also associated with Karwan-e-Hayat an NGO active in caring for mentally ill indigent patients.


Currently Nurayah is the Coordinator of the IVS Print Studio; and has been part of the Fine Art faculty at the Indus Valley School of Art & Architecture –Karachi Pakistan for 10 years.



Overview


Nurayahs practice in printmaking has spanned over 2 decades. A graduate from the National College of Art, Lahore, Pakistan 1993, she holds a BFA in Printmaking and Sculpture with a Distinction. Simultaneously she has been teaching for over 20 years. Nurayah has exhibited work internationally as well as within Pakistan. Her recent works have been shown at the Deck gallery- Singapore and at the Sharjah Museum. She has been affiliated at various stages in her practice with the following institutes, teaching/ thesis advisor/juror/ workshops/visiting faculty-The National college of Arts Lahore / Rawalpindi, The Indus Valley School of Art & Architecture- Karachi, Studio Ghandhara - Islamabad, Hunderkada - Islamabad, Cead-Jamshoro, Nurayah is currently the Coordinator of the IVS Print Studio; Fine Art faculty at the Indus Valley School of Art & Architecture.


Her own practice deals and depicts the female archetype and reflects on avatars of the woman, the strength of self through elegantly totemic transformation and the strategic dance of the dragonfly. She describes the female as a whole, as the ovum, as the seed, as the mother, as the earth. Like spores and tentacles of a plant, she gives of herself. And by giving, she grows. These roles, she assumes, don’t just define her, nor do they diminish her, they add a reaffirmation of the overwhelming strength of self, the dragonfly her totem, carrying the wisdom of transformation and rebirth. More recently she has transformed her 2D practice into 3D techniques, through etching on sculptural spheres.


Working primarily in Printmaking techniques as etching, wood cut, silkscreen and transfers, Nurayah has strived to create awareness and an understanding into this genre of the visual arts that struggles to compete with other disciplines. She has been working towards recognition and appreciation of printmaking through a number of local and international exchange/educational projects, 1st Print Biennial Pakistan VM Gallery - Karachi, Chhaap - Foundation for Printmaking Trust- India, Publication /Panelists/ speaker for “Trajectories”: 19th-21st century printmaking from Pakistan and India - Sharjah Art Museum- Sharjah, Portfolio exchange Conform & Confront, Hong Kong Print Studio - Hong Kong, Fantasy Asia, exchange project between faculty and students COFA/UNSW - Australia.


Nurayah has also worked on numerous public projects and is part of the core committee for ‘Pursukoon Karachi’, an organization that comprises of visual practioners, working towards the betterment of the city through a peaceful creative approach. She has been an active member of Reimagining the Walls of Karachi a project for I AM KARACHI, which aims to promote art activism and employ skills of artists who wish to engage with the city with a positive outlook. She also gives time to Karwan-e-Hayat an NGO active in caring for mentally ill indigent patients.


Currently she lives and works in Karachi, Pakistan.

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