I am greatly influenced by the works of Madame Marie Laveau, Lee Krasner, Jackson Pollack, Jean Michel Basquiat, Yayoi Kusama, and a few others. Most paintings that I work on are based on the optical characteristics of brilliant colors, energetic and expressive brushstrokes that deliberately emphasize the sweep of my arm and movement of my hand.
Curator, Carla Goldberg of the Bau Gallery and Skylight Gallery in New York, describes Munir as a “Visual Intuitive or Intuit Abstract Artist, who uses her art as a spiritual connection that allows her to lead the way as images form through the layers of paint.” Intuitive art is the process of creating art using an inner awareness that is heart-centered and does not rely on analysis or head-based questions.
“When I see, touch, or feel canvas, wood, brick, or even flat paper, it feels as though there is an imprint of a living breathing entity in each medium. When I close my eyes, there appears to be a plethora of color, patterns, and designs that come into focus and become clearer, as I am moving my hands simultaneously. I am perpetually surrounded by images that just seem to appear out of nowhere.
The unique properties of this type of gestural painting are also known as “gesturalism.” In other words, the brushwork allows Munir to express her emotions and personality just like a person’s gestures reflect their feelings in everyday life, which accentuates the physical act of painting, drawing attention to the process of creating. I am always inspired by what others see, feel, or experience upon viewing my work.