Selected Reviews & Quotes for "Space, Light, Structure..."
"Maryam Arif's work has impressed me for its sensitivity and interesting compositions. In particular, she has captured Architectural themes very effectively. Her command on Black & White imagery is very well expressed.
I can see her grow further as a Photographer ... being imaginative, sensitive and creative in spirit."
Nayyar Ali Dada (Architect)
"Maryam has been experimenting with this medium and explored it to express her inner feelings. Interestingly, the true feelings of the artist, reflected in her works, were transmitted to the audience as well to some extent. More so, with the intelligent handling of light, colour and texture – tools that carry and communicate unnamable entities and ideas.
But more than just the visually engaging views, Arif’s work unfolded a range of meanings too. A difficult task for an artist who uses ‘mute’ medium of images, but Maryam managed to communicate ideas about spirituality and human conditions in her work. Continuous stairs leading to nowhere somehow reminded of Kafka’s stories, in which the man is caught in an oppressive fate. Clustered poles and empty walls of the gallery accentuated this sensation, which engaged the viewer and compelled him/her to discover beyond the mere visual material.
This aspect, of finding greater meaning from ordinary views appeared to be a constant engagement for Maryam Arif; a theme which can be explored further by employing the sensitive vocabulary that is being formed from her first exhibition in Lahore."
Quddus Mirza (Art Critic)
Selected Reviews & Quotes for "sPIRITUAL eLEVATION"
"Maryam Arif, by training a doctor, looking for expression which by nature is considered the expression of creative people. Her thought process, feelings and emotions are expressed in a manner that communicate about the heart and mind of oneself."
Ghazanfar Ali (Architect)
"In the second week of December, 2012, we witnessed a unique collection of photographs, put up in the Exhibition Hall of Alhamra Arts Council, Lahore. By very efficaciously utilizing the lens of her camera, and with a touch of professional precision, the artist Dr. Maryam Arif - a medical doctor by educational qualification - has given a glimmering exposition of her concealed inner feelings and her soul. The camera has been her companion wherever she went - at home and abroad - to capture whatever inspired her. The variety exhibited there, is an evidence of her boundless and all-pervasive inspirational reach.
Her masterly command in capturing the object in 'The Path', and giving with it the quotation inspired from Robert Frost, "Two roads diverged in a desert and I ..... and that has made all the difference", is amazingly relevant. Her masterpiece 'Parallel Universe' with the narrative,"two worlds exist side by side ..... one that we can touch, the other beyond", is incredible. One could write volumes to elucidate its implications and connotations. The exponent of her visual sensitivity, titled 'Layers of Imagination', with the narration, "endless exploration", takes one into the realm of thought stimulation and ends up with extensive soul-searching."
Humayun Rashid Peer (Art Critic)