"My art is continuation of centuries old tale of emotions (Un conte d'emotions). The figurative I paint, symbolize an equilibrium of propriety and terror. Propriety mingled with a plethora of human complexities emits love in a capricious world and the terror shakes the sleeper in us. It is a reaction to the veiled and unveiled events, out of the fabric of my heart, cascading on the canvas form silhouette; I endeavor to reach across the span of centuries, through oscillating facets of indifference and attrition endured by women, forcing me to delve within this bone of contention.
The milieu in which I reside and work, ignites a natural stimulus to addressing national and international socio-political events, making me a slave of my emotions, diving into a world beyond this world, and a surveyor of the fantasia of the mind -- encompassing all that seems to exist - soul, cracked logic, evidence of loss, transitory happiness, moments of pleasure, death and life, love and chaos, ideology and parochial confinements -- all this constructs the vertebrae of our existence and our consciousness. I paint what cannot be spoken unveiling social-political anarchy, emotional and intellectual dilemmas that effectuate women in rural and urban communities. The insignia of emotions in my paintings undergo fragmentary and rhythmic grandeur; vicissitude of humanistic, realistic and social revolution, celebrating and lamenting, the complexity of human tapestry.
I paint to incite dialogue, to transcend at many levels as an individual and as part of the society. I attempt to raise fundamental questions about the role of women in our society – about the effects of women's indivisibility in Pakistani society? What can the female creative mind offer, and foremost, does creativity have a gender? The consequences of inequality and injustice should be visible to the human eye, we all need to awake a collective consciousness to effect changes and not just vituperate when a system fails, be proactive in creating awareness and encouraging a lifelong pursuit of education exercising the courage to protest perpetrators who abuse and infect, to question and seek resolution when we witness debilitating conditions of the silenced and marginalized ultra-poor. Through my paintings, I am a spectator questioning the 'veiled' atrocities; I am a participant as well creating a medium for a collective dialogue and resuscitation. It is unacceptable when families encourage concealment of sexual and violent abuse in their domestic spheres, or, the rampant HIV infected young women who are unwilling to disclose their conditions for better medical care as they live in fear, should they be confronted by domestic members.
I paint as a catharsis -- to rejuvenate my spirit and enable myself to challenge the paradigm, a pandemonium between war and peace. My paintings are both my protest and my hope that we can unite as a global society to fight these attacks on human dignity".
Faiza Khan Art, books and nature To speak the words of those who have been silenced Painting--Oil on Canvas and Mural