Mariah Lookman was born in Karachi, Pakistan.
Lookman studied art at the National College of Arts Lahore, and the Slade School of Fine Art, UCL. Her recent shows include View Within View, The Dolphin Gallery, Oxford and Praxes, OVADA Gallery, Oxford. She has also taught at the National College of Art, Lahore, School of Design, Colombo, and Ruskin School of Drawing & Fine Art, Oxford. At present Lookman has her studio in Oxford where she reading for a D.Phil. in Art at the University of Oxford.
Lookman is an artist who makes large-scale drawings on paper. She uses drawing as a form of image making that corresponds to meditation and obsessive observation. The process of drawing is important in all her work. Thus, it is through process a sense of time comes to be embodied in the work. Her drawings address the complexity of what it means to know or see as challenged by new media technologies as they link the past with the present. The drawings are also a way to look at life seeing past the realm of appearances, which are to do with fixed identities or determinations. Force Fields are drawings that set in repetition to arrive at a visual harmony that represents balance through the power of focus. Arresting what is often fleeting in observation, and yet permanent in the very essence of being.