ASMA CHAUDHARY, MFA

Asma is a Pakistani-American artist from Fairfax, Virginia. Her artworks explore the duality of a domesticated homemaker by physically recreating the home environment. Asma makes every effort to use discarded materials and repurpose them into basic necessities for survival such as shelter, warmth, luminance, sustenance, mobility, and intellectual growth. Some of her installations include breaking down grocery carts and welding them into chairs, sewing workman’s gloves together to create couture-like dresses and cushions, and reformatting sleeping bags to play on the idea of innocence and crisis. Asma pays homage to handicrafts made by village artisans in India and Pakistan through her use of vibrant colors and intricate techniques. Her sculptures, furniture pieces, artist-made books, photography, and performance-based work have been shown in several juried group and solo exhibitions throughout New York, Michigan, Illinois, Texas, Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Maryland, Connecticut, and the Washington, D.C. area.

As part of her research efforts to study South Asian culture, Asma has taken trips to Sialkot and Lahore in Pakistan as well as to Abu Dhabi, Deira, Dubai, and Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates. She is a member of the South Asian Women’s Creative Collective, the Washington Sculptors Group, Washington Project for the Arts, Hillyer Art Space, CulturalDC, Studio Visit Magazine, Pyramid Atlantic Arts Center, District of Columbia Arts Center, the McLean Project for the Arts, the American Visionary Arts Museum, and the National Museum for Women in the Arts. Asma’s artworks have been featured in the So to Speak Journal and four consecutive times in Studio Visit Magazine (Volumes 25, 27, 30, and 31).

In 2015, three of Asma’s artworks were also selected by the curatorial assistant for the Whitney Museum of American Art for an exhibition in Huntington, New York. Asma is the recipient of the 2014 Best of Show Award from the Hylton Center and Buchanan Partners Art Gallery and completed a solo exhibition with them from June through August 2015.

Asma holds a Master of Fine Arts specializing in Critical Arts Practices and Sculpture and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design and Electronic Journalism, both from George Mason University. Asma is a full-time graphic designer at a consulting firm, teaches two media and graphic design courses at George Mason University, and enjoys volunteering with nonprofit organizations focused on women’s empowerment, child care advocacy, and arts education.