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Sculpture/Installation Medal Winner Aamna Muzaffar


A portrait of Aamna Muzaffar

Aamna Muzaffar. Photo: Christina Gapic.

Muzaffar's thesis works play with concepts of registration and extrusive translation of gestural information. 24 Jogs is the combined result of a training program for beginner runners and spontaneous design on a Smartphone 3D rendering app. Her work 15656 - Studying Permutation arises digitally on a vector dot-matrix and is made on 3-Pass Blackout fabric. The compositions are revealed through impulsive gesture-based selection and deletion of points, prior to realization as paintings.

Untitled 3887 by Aamna Muzaffar

Untitled – 3887 by Aamna Muzaffar. Acrylic on blackout fabric, 26 x 38 inches. Photo: Jennifer Sciarrino.
Q. Where did the inspiration for your work come from?

Can't say really, there is enough stimulating the mind at any given time these days that I need not actively look for inspiration. Perhaps then, half-conscious reflection on the accelerated nature of our contemporary moment is what lends itself to both the methodological and conceptual preoccupations of my work after all?

I do see the self-prescribed parameters in my work as a way of stepping back and examining what is around me through a given scope. It seems to all come together in an exploration of what characterizes the digital and physical spaces we inhabit; so blurring the boundary between the two through images and objects of composite origin is simply a perpetuation of what is already in motion right now.

Q. What part of your project are you most proud of and why?

I take comfort in knowing that my undergrad thesis is but a notch in the post, and that between projects there is only momentary rest. I want to keep up the momentum.

Q. What was your reaction after you found out that you were the medal winner for your program?

I was intrigued that my own predictions where wrong, and impressed that the pattern I had observed in the system made room for my work as well.

Installation view of by the merest inflection by Aamna Muzaffar at Tomorrow Gallery. Photo: Jennifer Sciarrino.

Installation view of by the merest inflection by Aamna Muzaffar at Tomorrow Gallery. Photo: Jennifer Sciarrino.

Q. In looking back at your time at OCAD U, what is your fondest memory of the program you were in and what will you miss the most?

Hands down it has to be my thesis faculty: George Boileau, Ian Carr-Harris and Ginette Legaré. Their support and guidance over the last few years has helped nurture discipline and confidence.

Q. What are your plans after graduation?

I can only speak to the immediate; I'm not one to plan for the distant future. There will definitely be a lot of hangouts in the sun and sweltering days working in the studio.

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