inthis world and the next

In this world and the next



Artist Liza Hasan. You can find her artworks on Talent house.

Liza creates beautiful, almost sparkling artworks in watercolour paint.

Her artworks are colourful with the colours creating the general mood of the pieces. Her subjects are human with the particular poses and juxtapositions creating the meaning of the work. All of her artworks have a sparkling feel which is achieved by the “spotty” areas where there is no paint through select areas of her work, and also through the use of white space with the back ground paper seeming to be an important factor in her art.


To me the artworks relate to modern issues, and are relatable in a modern culture way. The artworks are in the style of many other contemporary artists working in the same way portraying human faces in a painterly way with colour playing an important role.


There is a feeling of melancholy in most of her works, which is achieved often in the “drips of paint” from various parts of the paintings. Often (read most of the time) the “drips” are coming from the eye, or from areas very close to the eye, so the viewer is led to read this as tears, or sorrow.


There is no doubt that Liza is an amazing artist very skillful in her use of watercolour paints, and highly talented in her ability to capture emotion, and a likeness. I think however that although her artworks are very good, and I really like them, I think that they are more commercial with a hint of meaning to them. The meaning that is created in her artworks do feel fairly contrived, as if she is trying to be an artist working with meaning, when really her artworks are made for pleasure as opposed to for a concept. I feel like she finds a picture she likes, and she re-creates it adding elements that provide a meaning (any meaning) as opposed to coming up with an issue she would like to discuss or an idea she would like to express and then thinking through a process to find the best way to portray that meaning.


As I say Liza is hugely talented, but for me, when I read art I want more from it. I want to feel challenged by the work, I want to be led to think, I want there to be more than one argument in the artwork. While I adore Liza’s work, I don’t feel like it provides this level of stimulation, but rather an enjoyment with an “aha” moment where you go ‘oh I know what she was thinking’.

In this world and the next

This was the first artwork that I came across of Liza’s. It caught my eye because of the layout of the picture with its regular blank spaces coupled with a sorrowful looking girl behind the wire.


I find that Liza’s meaning with this one is clear in that there is a curiosity and a longing in this child. The title suggests that this girl is pondering her fate, whether what she has in this world will be the same as the next. I feel like Liza is relying too heavily on the title to portray meaning, and I think it would be difficult to really grasp the meaning of this one from just the picture alone.


For me when I first read the picture (without reading the title) I saw that this girl was missing something that she can see others have. I read this through the use of the blank spaces, for example looking through this wire mesh cage into a world that she can’t truly see or know fully. With the drips in one of the blank areas, I read this as being a signal that potentially the world that she is not able to be a part of yet has its own issues, that maybe it isn’t all that she believes it to be from where she is sitting. “the grass is not always greener”. I feel like if Liza is trying to comment on poverty that maybe this is a potentially controversial concept to include in a picture portraying a poverty stricken girls’ desire to have something more, because really is a world of plenty worse than a world where you are always needing more?


On the other hand this girl, who doesn’t actually show any signs or symbols of actually being the one in poverty, could be the girl of plenty trying to get a glimpse of the other side of the story. Maybe she is the young sheltered girl who is finally seeing that she lives in a world of plenty when there are other children or people that have very little. The hand on the fence does make it look like this girl is trying to get to something she never will be able to get to, but it could also be read to show that this girl wishes she could do something to help those in poverty when she really has no power over that.

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A place in the stars



A place in the stars is another striking artwork cleverly created by Liza. This one immediately reads to me of this woman who has been such a dreamer realizing that the dreams that she once believed in are not what she thought them to be, and are not attainable. A pretty sad realization to come to if you ask me. The other reading I get from this is that from feeling like the was some magnificent part of this huge a wonderful universe she has realized that really and truly she is just blood and bone wandering in isolation in a world which is also not mystical or mysterious but can be read as being a physical thing, rather than a mass of dreams and wonder.


What disturbs me about this artwork is that the girl doesn’t seem to care that she has got to this point. Which makes the point that it is inevitable that someone will eventually see the world as a black and white place which holds no wonder or excitement. I hate to think this is the case, and would much prefer to think that while someone could pull back the curtains to realize that the world is not a magical or mystical place and that there is a logic behind it, that there could also remain a level of wonder, an that there is always a level of magic created in the person’s mind. (But this could just be because I have been brought up on fairy tales and magic.)


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Hunger Pangs


And the last artwork by Liza that I would like to show you (you should check out her other work on talent house) is Hunger Pangs, another artwork that immediately stuck out to me.


The murky colours and the dripping brown colours like chocolate dripping from this child’s face coupled with the look or sadness and desire have a really sickly feel to them. The boy holds out a bunch of grapes to the viewer looking like he is forced to offer them to us rather than have them himself. Although (as per the nearness he holds them to his face) he really hesitates to pass them over. Its almost like a tease, is that him teasing us? Or us teasing him by forcing him to give away that which he would like for himself?