Using different images from art history but connecting through their meaning and message. In this particular work, Saleem tends to create a still life using cropped images from different artist’s paintings and now adding her to the same work, trying to connect the past with the present. Also looking at things which already been overlooked throughout history yet she feels the newness and uniqueness of an image by deconstructing and constructing it again.
Saleem graduated from the College of Art & Design, GC University Faisalabad in 2009 with a distinction in painting, continuing up with MA Hons. Visual Art from National College of Arts Lahore in 2013. She is highly skilled in the mediums of oil and acrylic. She has been doing some very experimental site-specific works too which explain the importance of mundane, and actually contain reality. She is mainly concerned with realizing and seeing the truth behind common objects encountered routinely. The nature of regular exposure may play with the perception of these objects, and it is this fractured reality which Saleem investigates. Saleem has been awarded the best young artist award by Alhamra Arts Council Lahore in 2013, was artist-in-residence at the first Sanat Initiative Residency in June 2014 and a participant of the 3rd Mansion Artist Residency in January 2021. She also received the Arjumand Painting Award’s first prize in 2015. She has exhibited her work at Solo and Group shows in Pakistan, Dubai and Italy. Currently teaching at NCA as permanent faculty, lives and works in Lahore.