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New artwork examines life, healing

July 13, 2014

By Anthony Capps, Ames Tribune, Iowa

July 13--A new art exhibit of collages at the ISU Memorial Union from a local artist mixes traditional Pakistani motifs, embroidery, delicate fabric patterns and oil painting.

The collages, "Painting as Beauty and Healing," are an examination of relationships and a person's place in the world.

Kaukab Barni Merchant, an Ames-based painter, said watching village women trying to create designs in cloth is a key influence in her work.

"In every stitch, they express their feelings and see their faces in tiny mirrors trying to say their stories," she said. "I feel their emotions and try to preserve those feelings through their work. This is why I use cloth and mirror work in my paintings. I was making relationships in the canvas with the colour and embroidery cloth."

Merchant began painting in 1982 and studied graphic design the Karachi University in Pakistan.

She received attention early, having her first artwork in the prestigious Indus Gallery, and it was a turning point in Merchant's career.

The current exhibition at the Memorial Union will be on display through December.

Kaukab Barni Merchant: Painting as Beauty and Healing

When: Through December

Where: Multicultural Center, second floor, ISU Memorial Union

The exhibition is free and open to the public. For open viewing times call (515) 296-6848.


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