Published on May 9, 2013 | by Naz K Rasmussen

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UAL talent: Samar Zia

Everyday Arts London News aims to showcase a talent from within University of the Arts.

Today artist Samar Zia takes centre stage.

Samar Zia likes to study and scrutinise man’s interference with nature, through art.

The Central Saint Martins’ student uses a ripened pomegranate punctured with needles to parallel the impact of genetic engineering on our bodies.

Samar Zia is currently studying an MA in Fine Art. The Pakistani artist started her career in visual arts while working in hospitals in Karachi, where she observed mechanical objects protuding from the body. Much of her work is a tongue-in-cheek response to the invasive nature of technology.

“Developments in biotechnology and genetic engineering strengthened my belief that medical science desecrates the body in an effort to improve it.” says Samar.

Prior to moving to London, 29-year-old Samar studied at the Indus Valley School of Arts and Architecture in Karachi. Having taught as an alumni at the school, Samar’s career has also seen her curate exhibitions in Karachi and paint murals in hospitals as part of a charity project.

 

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