Human Flocking — A Portfolio

Femsoc At Lums
4 min readAug 9, 2021

By Urhamish Ansari

Urhamish Ansari, Artist

About The Artist

I am Urhamish Ansari, graduated from Multan College of Arts, B.Z University Multan in 2012 major in sculpture, continuing up with MFA (sculpture) from University of Punjab, Lahore in 2019. As an artist, I work to develop sculptures that speak to me and to others as well. The reason why I produce art is that I love to communicate with the world through my work. My whole idea revolves around human life. The thing which gained my attention is “human condition” interprets both negative and positive aspects of being human. I have exhibited my work in various group shows nationally and internationally such as Pak- Malaysian international Art Exhibition PMIX, Pakistan; International Art and Design collaboration virtual program series 2020, Malaysia; Collateral events of Lahore Biennale in 2019, Lahore; International virtual exhibition Homediart, Lahore and Arjumand Painting Awards (2021) in Lahore, Pakistan. Currently teaching at ISP as a permanent faculty. As an art educator, I have taught and conducted workshops on ceramics and sculpture in various art institutes in Multan.

Artist statement

Art is the carrier of the human condition, and has always reflected different aspects of human life and has been representing changes in the world in different ways. This work started with the content of the human condition, which composes the essentials of human existence.

It is basically a concern for human nature, human society, how we live our lives and how it is changing.

Whenever there is talk about man, the first thing that comes into the discussion is society, social behaviors, and social patterns. Social behavior constantly changes as one continues to grow and develop. As humans continue to gain social information, their behavior changes accordingly. Social structure is not stable. It responds to changes in culture, economics, technology, group relationship, social needs, and priorities. The structure of our society has changed a lot throughout the centuries. Over time our priorities and goals have changed. In today’s world, the survival of humans is quite difficult because it’s getting more advanced and complex.

The growing industry, economy, and technology have influenced our world due to which everyone has to struggle for their survival.

Human flocking as a topic is selected to observe human behavior in a race in a society looking for a reasonable rank among others. During my Studies and Professional life, I found out that humans are struggling in every aspect of life. There is a race to move ahead, there is a competition to be part of any group or race. It is the main core of any survival of an individual in any group. You have to compete against each other. You have to fight for things to get things in order. You are working to survive to achieve something that is recognized to be a valuable part of any group.

I choose a flock of humans, as my topic which elaborates my thinking and my research. I choose this to further depict in my artwork to better understand. Why do humans follow each other? Why are humans working in a race? Why do humans not care about other things like getting out of the race? Why do they have to follow or copy other members to survive? Why they need other groups to support others.

Excerpts from the Portfolio

Medium: white clay, resin, wood, and plaster. Size: 2’ by 3’
Medium: wooden box, BBQ sticks, and white clay
Medium: red clay
Ice cubes; white clay and resin
Title: Flock of Humans; Medium: red clay, white clay, plaster, resin, and cement, Installation of 2000 figurines, HxLxW: 6"x15"x1"
Medium: watercolor and cac wrappers on vasli
Medium: watercolor and dried ridge gourd on vasli, Size: 12 by 9”
Title: Incertitude; Medium: watercolor on vasli; Size: 8” diameter

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