Culture and Faith Swirl Around in Hajra’s Art

Hajra Motiwala art is a collection of layers portraying her culture and faith. The layering effect highlights her golden culture in marble-like swirls and the Arabic texts top it all off. Her aesthetics vary from the abstract to the defined and is an imminent example of how she leads her own life. She considers art a part of her life, not just in painting it, but in living it:

R.Do you identify yourself as an Artist? If so, what kind of artist? How and why?

H. Yes I like to think I’m an artist in even things that may not be considered true “art.” Whether I’m cooking, decorating my apartment, planning an outfit or hair/makeup- it is very satisfying to be creative and see a vision from your mind come through in real life.

R.Have you ever experienced an identity crisis; if so, how did you find your inner balance?

H. Yes for sure- I think “finding your voice” can be a tough journey and that voice/style may even change from time to time. Spending time alone and really reflecting on what inspires me is how I find my balance.

R.Describe to us your source of inspiration.

H. My source for inspiration varies. Sometimes I see a color combination I love, other times it’s something in nature, even moods or songs can inspire me to make a piece.

R.Tell us about your multicultural upbringing and how it relates to your work.

H. I love my culture and my religion. I employ elements from my culture (specifically the heavily embellished clothes or jewelry we tend to wear) which usually reflects in the gold that can be found in most of my artwork. The aspects of religion are more obvious in that I layer my art in Arabic phrases, portions of Qur’anic verses or names of Allah سُـبْـحَـانَ ٱلله in my work.

R.Where can we view your work and can we purchase it? How can we follow your journey?

H. I am forever a work in progress and my instagram @artbyhajra is a testament to that!

Rumki Chowdhury
Rumki Chowdhury

ONLINE ASSISTANT EDITOR FOR HAYATI MAGAZINE, PUBLISHED AUTHOR, POET AND JOURNALIST WITH AN MA IN ENGLISH LITERATURE. BORN IN BANGLADESH, RAISED IN USA, LIVED AND STUDIED IN UK AND NOW, AN ENGLISH TEACHER IN SWEDEN. ALSO, MARRIED AND MOTHER OF THREE DAUGHTERS.

No Comments Yet

Leave a Reply