Healing Seeds


Awarded a Carclew Youth Arts Fellowship program, Afghan South-Australian emerging artist Murtaza Hussaini recently travelled to Pakistan to learn the traditional Persian art of miniature painting. Working with esteemed Pakistani miniature artists and Master Painters, Hussaini learnt traditional methods of making Wasli paper, brush-making, preparing gouache and miniature painting techniques, now using these traditional methods to push artistic boundaries by incorporating this traditional skill-set with his medium of choice; sculpture and installation.

Hussaini’s intercultural experiences inspire him to make art that connects his cultural traditions with the current contemporary setting he finds himself both living and creating work in, with the desire to connect and share his culture, both with his own migrant and adopted communities. Alongside miniature painting techniques, in Healing Seeds, he introduces aesthetic and concep­tual qualities to found and traditional daily objects, comparing and reinterpreting their use, form and function.

In his most recent work Hussaini uses Qors Kamar seeds from Afghanistan that are traditionally used to treat back pain and are naturally found on small trees near rivers and streams that flow from the valleys through villages of Central Afghanistan. Incorporating this traditional medicinal ingredient with natural materials collected from the Australian beaches, Hussaini tries to convey the idea of healing a community that has suffered from war and conflict for over three decades.

His home town of Malistan and a few other regions of Central Afghanistan were attacked by the Taliban in late 2018, resulting in unimaginable loss of life and forcing thousands of locals to flee towards the capital. The Afghan, and particularly Hazara, community living in Australia are time and again deeply traumatised to see the ongoing suffering of their fellow country men. Hussaini gently attempts to shed light on their plight and share a feeling of rehabilitation through his work.



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