Sana Arjumand is a contemporary visual artist from Pakistan who has shown extensively across the globe and in her home country. Born in Karachi in 1982, she currently works and resides in Islamabad, Pakistan. She received a high Achievers award from Cambridge University in advanced level art and sociology. In 2005 Sana graduated in painting from the prestigious National College of Arts, Lahore, Pakistan. Her previous work has touched upon a wide range of subjects such as gender politics, identity, and religion. Her current body of work revolves around mysticism and spirituality, in which the bird has become a metaphoric symbol of energetic beings suggesting the coexistence of higher dimensions.
Arjumand has shown at the United Nations headquarters in New York and also had solo shows in New York, Sydney, and in major cities of Pakistan. She has participated in group shows in London, New York, Honolulu, Seoul, Amman, Delhi, Ahmedabad and Mumbai. Her work has been represented several times in Dubai Art Fair, Indian Art Fair, Abu Dhabi Art Fair, Art Basel Hong Kong, Flux Festival, London, and the University of Sunderland U.K.
On a bright and sunny day in the spring of 2013, I sat by myself in deep contemplation, searching for a vision that would captivate and inspire my heart. The doors and windows of my lounge room were open wide to let the light pour in. I was staring out into the busy world outside as the day continued about its business. An unexpected visitor then graced my veranda with its elegant presence. A graceful Hoopoe bird sat on the railing outside and calmly looked at me as the rest of the world fell away into silence. We stared into each other’s eyes, not as strangers, but as old friends who had experienced eternity together.
As children, we were told stories of the mystical Hoopoe bird, how it was the messenger to King Solomon, a close friend and confidant, who also brought the news of the Queen of Sheba. We are taught that the Hoopoe bird is symbolic of a high spiritual station and amongst the Sufi tradition it is said the feather crown on its head represents the ultimate Truth.
There is a saying within the spiritual path "when the student is ready, the teacher will come." The same saying can be applied to artists and their muses.