Farhana Hussain Watercolor Collage, Signed
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Farhana Watercolor Collage: handmade paper,gold leaf with watercolor..
The watercolor paintings of Farhana Hussain fuse a 500-year-old Indian art style and American inspiration with a contemporary feeling.
When her one-woman exhibit, "Ebb and Flow," opened in July 2008 at the Mount Dora Center for the Arts, people could see her delicate but vibrant patterns that beg to be worn. Designs within the paintings could be plucked from the handmade paper and decorate a finger or a neck.
"They're like little pieces of jewelry," center executive co-chairwoman Christina Padgett said, referring to glittery spirals in the painting "Celebration."
The principles of Indian Moghul art, including perceptions of structure and form and the importance of grace, come naturally to Hussain, who was born in Pakistan.
But the Virginia resident also has been influenced by the environment -- mountains, rivers and trees -- of her new home in the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Both influences are evident in "Basanth 5," where three rounded triangles move through a swirling stream of blue and green with a silvery cross current. The title, which refers to the beginning of spring in India, evokes the energy of the season. Hussain's use of copper paint echoes the yellow associated with Basanth.
The embellishment of layers of handmade paper and the patient accumulation of detail make the textured paintings look like tapestries. Gold, silver, copper and bronze colors add richness.
"She started working with her mother's clothing that used threads of 18-carat gold," Padgett said. "Then she added watercolor and design and handmade paper to her work."
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