Ceramic artist Nehal Aamir decorates her work with the visuals of Pakistani trucks and Islamic art

Nehal is a natural listener. She appreciates the art of conversation and taking the stories of those around her with the respect they deserve. “I want to be able to give voices to people who feel like they are not able to, so this process gives me the knowledge I feel that needs to be embedded within my work,” she explains. It’s hard to grasp that Nehal is still in the early stages of her career, with a craft and process already so well-mastered. “I feel like my work is at an early stage and still developing, which is leading up to me finding my signature style,” she says. “I would say my work is inspired by the decorated trucks from Pakistan, as they were a huge part of my childhood growing up.” These references are prevalent throughout Nehal’s ceramics, as well as the aesthetics of Persian miniatures and visuals found in Islamic art. “I would say my work is heavily rooted from my past and the visuals from there,” the artist tells us.
In particular, Nehal recalls her project Place and Identity, a study on the community of Finsbury Park in North London. “The research aspect of this project was very fascinating as I got to learn a lot about how people were living their lives and how they felt living in London,” she notes. “This got me thinking about my experiences and made me realise that we are very alike, no matter where we come from.” The project entirely shifted Nehal’s perspective on life and art and helped her grow as an artist. “It gave me the opportunity to share people’s stories through creating visuals that celebrated togetherness,” she says proudly.
As for what’s next, we can’t wait to see how Nehal takes the ceramic world by storm. “In the near future, I hope to create new work that challenges me,” she tells us. “Mostly, I want to be more ambitious by scaling up my work and collaborating with other artists.”