“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.” –Steve Jobs
Everything in my life has served to bring me to where I am today. My relationship with art has been a constant all my life and has taught me to follow my instincts above all else. I have traveled, studied art and explored various mediums until I finally discovered 3D animation at 23. I trusted the dots to connect, and they did.
I am fascinated by people; I am fascinated by how their minds work and how their bodies echo everything that exists within. Every thought and feeling is shadowed in how a person rests, sits, or stands. I have spent years searching for the best way to capture that. Admittedly I didn’t realize what I was searching for until after I stumbled across the solution. Again, the dots connected without my prior knowledge.
Animation brought all of these disparate pieces together. From the supremely technical aspects of the software used to render images to the incredibly creative artistic process which is the genesis of all one sees onscreen, I found an art form that challenged as well as engaged me.
In my opinion, artists are the instruments for change in a society and it is their responsibility to take their craft seriously so that they may influence and inspire others. They don’t see things as they are, they see things as they could be. Unlike any other medium, animation is most capable of reflecting the internal and external truth of any situation.
The more I work in animation, both as an educator and as an artist, the more I realize the power of the medium before me. Animation should represent the best of humanity, and all should be included in its scope. In the past year, I have once again felt a connection of dots as I struggled with the growing unrest in the world and how it affects me as a Muslim woman and as a Pakistani.
So I strive to retain my essential core of curiosity and creativity and to refine my artistic abilities further so that I may use them to communicate with those who do not understand me or the world I live in.