The much awaited ‘Antidote’ solo exhibition by artist Sara Riaz Khan opens in London 16th May, at RB12 space in Shoreditch. ‘Antidote’ explores how artistic practice can restore a sense of self in times of vulnerability and change.
“Being creative has always been my way of processing, interpreting and reconstructing my world. Connection to nature is an important part of my identity and self-expression. In the early layers, I recorded my emotions with urgency on the canvas, using turbulent images such as ripped skies, earthquakes and crumbling walls. As the series progressed, my attention shifted from using colour and texture and I became more interested in developing some areas of quiet. From being a means to an end to help me catch my breath and rebalance, the Antidote series has become something to build on and on and an end in itself” – Sara Riaz Khan.
Sara studied Islamic Art and Architecture at the School of Oriental and African Studies (University of London), and continued art education at Heatherley School of Fine Art. After moving from London to Muscat, Sultanate of Oman, in 2002, she exhibited at the Omani Society of Fine Arts in 2004 and 2005 and started working as the Artist-in-residence at the American British Academy (ABA). Completing a Masters by the State University of New York enabled her to start teaching in the Design department at ABA until June 2016. Sara has exhibited her work in solo shows and group exhibitions in London and Asian and the Middle Eastern artistic hubs.