Inspired by the colour white and its symbolism of the higher ideals of love, peace and forgiveness, Aysha Hafuz’ work exemplifies Astrid Fitzgerald’s ‘art of the spirit’ and through it, the artist decries war, murder and hatred. It offers the viewer a glimpse into the artist’s rarefied inner world.
Stylized birds with gentle curves, alone and huddled in intimate bevies, predominantly white with the occasional burst of primary colours, greet the viewer as he walks into the gallery. Aysha Hafuz has built her latest body of work on three interrelated pillars. The first is white as a signifier of love and peace. The second is the dove, both as a mature bird and as an egg. Hafuz chooses the mature bird because of its significance as a universal symbol of peace but occasionally chooses to portray it as an egg, which broadens its meaning to include rebirth. The third pillar is white as a boat poised for the purpose of rescue. In her artist statement, she references Noah’s Ark and its role in saving the human race from extinction, and thus humanity. Hafuz’ message is a simple yet poignant one: Whiteness of peace is her figurative representation of her vision for a peaceful world where forgiveness prevails.
Aysha Hafuz was born in Muharraq, Bahrain. Her artwork has been exhibited in Bahrain, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia since 2004 in both group shows and solo exhibitions. She also works full time in the field of International Communications.