It is a moment of focus. Here and now. That moment when you stare at a specific detail of an object and think about something unique to you. It is a pure and natural meditative state of ‘zooming out’ by ‘zooming in’.
Lyazzat Khanim’s hyper-realistic artworks concentrate on the simplicity and beauty of our daily environments, infused with an occasional venture into the surreal. Her work depicts thought-provoking glimpses of simple objects that seem to have escaped everyday reality, which evokes a feeling of displacement but also triggers a sense of fascination. Some of her work addresses the subject of consumer culture, but the artist’s main interest lies in an ongoing attempt to archive fragments of ‘being’ by giving her personal experiences a public dimension and vice versa.
INTERVIEW WITH THE ARTIST
Q. You have a background in various creative fields such as fashion and graphic design – what led you to focus on painting?
A. Painting was my starting
point. Yet, only after passing through so many artistic ups and downs in other
creative fields, I got to a moment of realization. By
insights, my visual perception got a new authentic form which brought me back to my origins.
Q. Does your experience in these other creative professions influence your artistic vision?
A. My background plays a big part in my creative explorations. Design skills have influenced the way I look at visuals in terms of color and composition. It made me go beyond academic art and create something outside of the “box”, but about the “box”. It is a process of ‘digital’ transforming into a new kind of ‘material’.
Q. You have relocated several times, has this had an impact on your artistic practice?
Due to my nomadic lifestyle, I understand what it means to be a human of the world. How, actually, we are all similar to each other despite our cultural, religious and physical differences. I depict modern universal objects as a way of portraying the unity of our being.
Q. Your works seem to focus on details of everyday reality that people would usually overlook, what would you like to achieve with this?
A. The goal is to convey the vibe and the beauty of a particular object with a conceptual touch. Every piece of my work has a message and a hidden concept. The beautiful part is that the viewer will understand it in its own way or won’t understand it at all. The essence is versatile.
Q. Does the practice of ‘zooming in’, pausing and taking a closer look, hold a specific meaning?
A. It is a moment of focus. Here and now. That moment when you stare at a specific detail of an object and think about something unique to you. It is a pure and natural meditative state of ‘zooming out’ by ‘zooming in’.
Q. You have previously founded a fashion brand focussed on minimalism and some artworks seem to hint at the subject of consumerism, is this a topic that regularly informs your work?
A. We live in the era of consumerism. As a minimalist, I depict objects from everyday environments in the most simple and clear way possible. We are surrounded by a lot of stuff and sometimes it is overwhelming. I intentionally leave space or emptiness within my work, so that the viewer can meditate on it.
Q. What would you like your work to evoke in the viewer?
A. Some will just enjoy the visuals. Some will feel the vibe. Some will find the meaning and dig deeper. I want the viewer to be able to meditate, to escape or to face reality, to feel or to think about it. I am attracted by its versatility.
Q. Are there any other creatives, books, music or movies that inspire you?
A. There isn’t anything specific. However, I enjoy listening. It definitely completes the ‘picture’.
Q. Could you describe your work in three words?
A. focus. here. now.