Saba Hasan, a prominent Delhi artist, has been
working for over 12 years in the realm of
abstract art. In her mixed media works, she has developed a
distinct visual alphabet by layering materials like plaster,
sand, leaves, nails and fabric to create large textured works,
which often contain written references based in personal
history, literature or politics.
Sometimes she leaves works outdoors to erode and change
under natural conditions making the environment and time
participants in her work.
The same sunlight, stones and water have naturally
entered many of Saba’s recent digital prints. For these, she has
also found a familiar subject in her neighbourhood, Hauz Khas
Madarsa and its lake, which she has sketched, photographed and
closely observed for almost 15 years.
As a natural outcome of her use of the written word and
her love for music, she has been exploring sound, adding it over
the years to her compelling syllabary of materials. Sound
installation, the artist feels, allows her to leave the confines
of a gallery into other more pulsating spaces, resulting in an
expanded conceptual space as well. Saba is currently working in
these broad areas of artistic terrain and her objective is to
create a body of work, which
will position itself against the traditional beliefs of a
pro-combat social system, bound instead by ideals of oneness,
pacifism and commonality of fate.