Zarina Hashmi (16 July 1937 – 25 April 2020), known professionally as Zarina, was an Indian-American artist and printmaker based in New York City. Her work spans drawing, printmaking, and sculpture. Associated with the Minimalist movement, her work utilized abstract and geometric forms in order to evoke a spiritual reaction from the viewer.
Art is an unadulterated expression of anything which prevailed ever since. Artists like Van Gogh, Manet, and Leonardo Da Vinci have contributed their life to art who is celebrated to date. One of the ancient yet renowned paintings by the artist Leonardo Da Vinci’s painting Mona Lisa is an exemplification of traditional art. It is described as the ‘best known, the most visited, the most written about, the most sung about, and the most parodied work of art in the world. The art was painted between 1503 to 1506, but Leonardo continued the painting till 1517. This period was when art fell into a new realm. But this revolutionized around the 19th century, giving birth to modern art. In India, modern art was initially revolutionized in Calcutta. The Indian art culture was a conjunction of books and imagination, whereas the western art culture had a wider vicinity which led to greater exposure and influences to art than any Indian. Ms. Zarina asked how she was influenced by art besides India’s tradition of less influence over art, she said ‘I looked at architecture, I looked at books and that was my education ‘. The omnipresence of art is undebatable. Culture implicitly represents a country. The culture bias can be set out straight or spiral down through depictions of culture. In a country like India where culture is diverse and takes many roles, it is necessary to represent and restore the fame of culture. One such depiction can be art. Knowing the importance of art, the next generation is also being preached about the importance of art.
The ideal image of art is pictures or figures, but modern art broke the conventional stereotype and taught the world about different forms art can mold into. ‘You can make art that doesn’t have figures’, says Zarina Hashmi. The practice of art has evolved and has been evolving in so many forms, but initially, art evolved within the heart. Art is not a depiction of the world or an imitation of the world, but art itself is a world of patterns, lines, shapes, and shades. Mathematics and geometry are where patterns and shapes were defined. Paper can also define art. The pattern and texture of the paper which Zarina objectified to the skin which is resilient, and delicate describes the passion of art to a compassionate artist. Art is a form of redefining a culture. After the Indian Independence when the country was divided, the culture was at the urge of extinction but was saved with art being a significant and discreet role. The colonial era was influenced by western art predominantly which resulted in the rise of many controversies and complaints. Some of the prominent Indian artists of the modern art era were Raja Ravi Verma, and Abindranath Tagore made art a tutelage of passion and compassion. And a few wise and known Indian paintings were the painting of Shakuntala by Raja Ravi Verma who is an important character from the epic Mahabharath is considered a legacy.
Modern art was not restricted to conventional thinking which led the artist to discover new styles and patterns. Distorted images and vague angles were surreal and renowned. The post-modernism or contemporary art came into motion, when the modern art took several reeling and ended up as juxtapositions of images, splashes of uncorrelated colors which put an end by labeling modern art as old-fashioned art. With this being said, art is omnipresent.‘This is a very small part of life, it is not eternity. Eternity is when we enter into a new realm’.