Humaira Abid is a Pakistani artist who spends half the year in Seattle. Her first Seattle show opens a window on the world of the modern woman in a vast, embattled Islamic nation that while often in the American news, is little understood. Although Abid’s works are highly personal and focused on the domestic, the conflicts in her society loom powerfully in the background. Here, with a review of her work, is KUOW's art critic, Gary Faigin.
Art is a means by which we can enter empathetically into the inner world of another, and some worlds are much further afield than others. Emphatically outside the usual gallery territory is the first Seattle show of Pakistani sculptor Hamaira Abid, painfully personal, feminist art from deep inside the Islamic heartland.