About The Work
Halima creates a mood and feeling of dynamic tension in her work by playfully manipulating the planes and facets of the patterns against each other. The stresses that this creates help her to achieve the maximum impact within the overall design and also to push the boundaries of the material to its limits. When creating a piece, the most exciting moment for Halima is when her flat designs become dramatically transformed when charted over a structure and then taken to another level by heavily carving into it. The hue of the material body is crucial because she rarely uses colour, and also relies on the piece itself to dramatize the tones
and textures through the effects of light and shadow.
Halima Cassell was born in 1975 in Pakistan and brought up in Lancashire. Clay, to Halima, is an iconic of human universality. It is where we all come from and where we return. It supports, sustains, and unites us. Born in Pakistan, brought up in Lancashire, and now living in Shropshire, Halima’s varied, multi-cultural background is tangibly present in her work.A natural creativity presented itself at an early age and was nurtured to fruition as Halima carved her way through an art-based education: an undergraduate degree in 1997 and an MA in 2002. The culmination of this process is Halima’s precociously mature work. Fusing her Asian roots with a fascination for African pattern work and her deep passion for architectural geometry, Halima’s work is intense yet playful, structured yet creative; substantial yet dynamic and invariably compelling in its originality. The artist lives and works in Shropshire.
Aicon Contemporary is an offshoot of Aicon Gallery, which for 20 years has shown non-western modern and contemporary art in New York. It was founded to focus on cutting-edge art. We represent artists like G. R. Iranna, currently showing in the 58thVenice Biennale, Adeela Suleman, Abdullah Syed, Abir Karmakar, S. N. Sujith, Debanjan Roy, P.D. Pulak, and others. We have placed works in the British Museum, the Louvre Abu Dhabi, the Art Institute of Chicago, Peabody Essex, Cincinnati Museum of Art, Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, among others. We participate in fairs like the Armory Show, Frieze, Art Basel HK, Abu Dhabi Art, Art Dubai, and the India Art Fair. Aicon forms a critical bridge between the east and west.