Aimen’s mom got a rugged, almost ghostly looking mirror from Karachi’s beloved, Saddar market. It was a tad eerie, ( Oh who am I kidding? it was downright creepy.), to be hung on a wall as a rugged abstract Wall Piece.
That’s when Aimen thought that my presence in her life could finally prove fruitful.
I wanted it to be colorfully painted, I would love to do truck art on it myself, but then I remembered that I can’t paint to save my life — Aimen
Hence, she gave the mirror to me and asked to paint Truck Art inspired motifs on it. It’s not just her who has a fetish for truck art, I too have always been dazzled by it’s kaleidoscope nature, and it’s local origins make it all the more dear.
Not having been in practice for quite some time now, I got down to paint rather lazily, struggled with dried paint on old paintbrushes and collected every acrylic paint tube I could find in my store room while mumbling to myself how I could’ve spent another winter break morning just doing nothing.
Anyway, I got in the mood soon. The motifs didn’t stay wholly truck art inspired since I added bits of ralli print designs on the right hand side plank, and I added spirals in the centre piece at the end because I wanted to get it done quickly. Despite all this, the end product turned out to look quite pretty, ready to adorn the wall in Aimen’s room.
(Photography Courtesy Aimen Nadeem)