|Asma Hashmi's work delves into the dialogue between self-actualisation and the sexual subtleties of being a South Asian woman in today's world. Asma explores the inherent discomfort of being inside a woman's body and the intricacy of female sexuality and gender undercurrents; communicated through her use of intricate lines and overt layering. The gradations of colour address the diverse and complex emotions and passions of a woman through a rich visual landscape. Asma's art is evocative of female genitalia covered in sheer layers of social norms and expectations. She uses the layering process and the line quality to communicate a deep sense of loss, anger and despondency that is intrinsically interwoven
with the unveiling of a sense of self that comes with age. Her art explores in depth the symbolism of eternal beauty, exploited in order to suppress passion and acceptance of female sexuality and desires.|
Asma Hashmi works as an artist and art educator. She completed her Masters in Fine Arts from the University of Hawaii, U.S.A in 1992; and her under graduate degree from National College of Arts, Pakistan in 1986.
Aasma currently lives in Oxford with her husband and three children.