Halima Cassell was born in Kashmir, Pakistan, and grew up in north-west England, a fusion of cultural environments that shaped her identity and underpins her practice.
Her sculptures are characterised by the interaction of bold forms overlaid with intricate and fluid carved surfaces inspired by architecture and the repeat patterns found in nature. Commissions include large-scale architectural pieces for private clients and a series of sculptures and wall friezes created for a fleet of cruise liners.
She has been awarded numerous international scholarships and residencies in locations including Japan, Pakistan, Italy and Israel. Her pieces are held in the permanent collections of the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Hepworth Wakefield Gallery, the Jerwood Foundation Trust, the Fitzwilliam Museum and many other public collections, both in the UK and abroad.
Geometry is the starting point for my designs and I manipulate this to create an illusion of movement and a lively interplay of light and shadow. I first developed my visual language using clay and over time my practice has naturally evolved to encompass other materials including marble, wood, concrete, bronze and glass, each offering different challenges of mutability and scale.