Master of Fine Art School of Fine Art

Sana Obaid

(She/Her)

Artist Statement: 

As both a mother and an artist, witnessing the daily suffering and deaths of children on social media has deeply affected me. My studio, rooted in maternal instincts, became a reflection of the pain and loss unfolding in the ongoing conflict between Israel and Gaza.

Through my artwork, I strive to convey the irreparable loss and the vulnerability of children who are enduring violence each day. My works are influenced by the haunting imagery of orphaned children, deprived of the comfort and security of home and maternal warmth. The process of creating these artworks has allowed me to articulate how these haunting scenes of War have pierced my soul and etched in my mind.

I’m driven to undertake a meticulous and painstaking creative process to confront and express the hardships faced by parents who have lost their children in this conflict. Creating art has become a solemn practice of mourning and prayer. Through this process, I confront and reconcile tragic events, channelling my emotions into tangible expressions of grief and empathy. My only hope is to heighten moral awareness and nurture empathy through my Art.

 

Bio:

Sana Obaid, born and raised in Karachi, Pakistan, is a multidisciplinary visual artist based in the UK. She earned her BFA from the National College of Arts, Lahore, with a specialization in miniature painting. Since 2007, she has exhibited her art extensively both nationally and internationally and contributed to prominent Art institutes and organizations in Pakistan such as Vasl Artists’ Collective, Karachi School of Art, and Pakistan Museum of Natural History to name a few. 

In 2013, Sana received UNESCO’s Madanjeet Singh scholarship, awarded by the Mariam Dawood School of Visual Art in Pakistan, to pursue a Master of Art and Design studies. Driven by a deep compassion for children, Sana has been involved in various voluntary projects since 2011, with a particular focus on enhancing children’s education in Pakistan. 

In 2017, Sana partnered with Power Radio FM 99 for the ‘Listen to Learn’ initiative, designing and illustrating children’s books for free distribution in rural areas of Pakistan to bolster educational opportunities. In 2023, she was awarded Scotland’s Saltire Scholarship from the Glasgow School of Art, UK, enabling her to pursue an MFA from The Glasgow School of Art, further expanding her multi-disciplinary practice and gaining broader experience.

 

Contact
sanaobaid1@gmail.com
s.obaid1@student.gsa.ac.uk
@sanasartwork
Works
Sculptures
Prints

Sculptures

Silence

Sculptural installation, Parian porcelain, underglaze and sand, 2024
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Stars II

Metal curtain, Etching and hand drilled holes in steel, 2024
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Silence

Sculpture, Paper Parian Porcelain, underglaze, fired, 1/8, 2024
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Silence

Sculpture, Paper parian porcelain, undergalze, fired, 2/8, 2024
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The series of relief sculptures is born from the devastated imagery of Gaza's war-torn landscape. The rubble, a somber emblem of destruction and lives lost, speaks to the tragedy of people buried beneath their bombed homes. Within these sculptures, delicate and intricate drawings of children's clothes emerge, serving as poignant reminders of innocence amidst chaos. They serve as a metaphor for the fragility of life, while also bearing witness to the resilience and fortitude of the human spirit.

Rubble III

Relief Sculpture, Cement, 2024
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Rubble I

Relief Sculpture, Herculite and sand, 1/3, 2024
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Unidentified

Sculptural installation, Paper Parian porcelain, Fired, 2024
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Rubble I

Relief Sculpture, Herculite and sand, 2024
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Rubble II

Relief Sculpture, Black clay, fired, 2024
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The artwork "A Pillow" embodies life's duality, drawing inspiration from contrasting experiences of celebration and exposure to ongoing violence through social media and news. It captures the juxtaposition of witnessing New Year's fireworks alongside the stark realities of war in Gaza. The piece features a traditional Palestinian embroidery pattern screen-printed on a white burial shroud, meticulously crafted with hundreds of sewing needles pointing outward, later stitched into a pillow. The transformation of the pillow with sharp metallic pins represents discomfort and pain, subverting its role as a symbol of comfort and rest. It symbolizes mental and physical exhaustion, particularly during restless and sleepless nights. Embedded within the pillow is a speaker playing an audio composition I've created, blending recorded sounds of New Year's fireworks with missiles dropping in Gaza on the same night.

A Pillow (top View)

‘A pillow’, Audio Sculpture, Screen printing on fabric, sewing needles cotton, and audio speaker with an audio, Duration: 2 minutes (on loop),
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A Pillow (Side View)

‘A pillow’, Audio Sculpture, Screen printing on fabric, sewing needles cotton, and audio speaker with an audio, Duration: 2 minutes (on loop)
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Pillow - Audio

Duration: 2 mins

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Prints

”I swear, this is the shirt of my beloved Talin, with her smell in it.”- A Palestenian Women says while embracing her deceased child’s clothes.

My art is deeply influenced by the profound impact of loss, especially stories of Gazan mothers enduring the tragedy of losing children to war. As a mother myself, I am profoundly affected by these heartbreaking narratives. I resonate with their experiences, finding comfort in keeping safe my own deceased mother’s garments, occasionally wearing them to feel her warmth and scent.

Fallen.2024

Etching, Print and sewing needles on paper, 53.5 X 54 cms, 2024
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Fallen.2024

Etching, Print and sewing needles on Hahnemuhle paper. Unique work.
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Stars I

Etching, Print and hand perforation with sewing needle on paper, 59.5 X 79.5 cms, edition 1/1, 2024
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Stars I (Detail)

Etching, Print and hand perforation with sewing needle on paper, edition 1/1 (Unique work), 2024
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Poppy I

Etching and mixed media on Hahnemuhle paper, 53.5 X54 cm, Unique Print, 2024
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Poppy I

Etching, Print and mixed media on hahnemuhle paper, 59.5 X 79.5 cms, Unique Print, 2024
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Drip

Etching, Print on Hahnemuhle paper, edition 1/3, 2024
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Scent of a lost one II

Etching Print on Hahnemuhle paper, edition 1/6, 2024
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Scent of a Lost One II

Etching Print on Hahnemuhle paper, edition 3/6, 2024

Scent of a Lost One III

Screen Print on Paper, edition 2/7, 2024
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Scent of a Lost One IV

Screen Print on Paper, Edition 2/4, 2024
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Ghost print

Series: Scent of a Lost One, Etching, Print on bread and butter paper, 2024
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