Zarina: Paper Like Skin
I looked at paper and just loved it. It is an organic material, almost like human skin: you can scratch it, you can mold it, it even ages. (Artist Statement, A Sacred Geometry of Light and Dark: The Radiant Transists of Zarina Hashmi, exhibition catalogue, New Delhi, p. 5)
Ann Philbin, the Director of the Hammer Museum writes, "Zarina is a printmaker and sculptor whose trajectories have led her across the world, from her birthplace in Aligarh, in northern India, to the city of New York, where she established herself as an independent artist thirty-six years ago. Working primarily on paper, she pushes the boundaries of her medium and allows her forms to shift seamlessly from the flat plane of her sheets to three-dimensional space. Layers of complexity underlie the purity of her work and the essential nature of her forms." (A. Philbin, Zarina: Paper Like Skin, New York, 2012, p. 6)
Home is a Foreign Place can be read as a poem, from left to right, and includes symbols representing the cosmos, fate and time. Characterized by a formal austerity, these prints reflect Zarina's understanding of space and proportion and an affinity for line and basic geometric shapes.
A retrospective exhibition of Zarina's work is currently on view at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (January - April 2013). This exhibition was previously at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles and is due to travel to the Art Institute of Chicago.
In 2011, Zarina was one of the four artists chosen to represent India at the Venice Biennale. Her work is in the permanent collections of the MoMA, New York, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Victoria & Albert Museum, London; the Bibliothque Nationale, Paris; and the National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi.
Signature: signed and dated 'Zarina 99' (lower right) each; numbered and titled '12/25 Morning / Afternoon / Evening / Night' (lower left and centre) additionally titled in Urdu (lower centre)
Mumbai, Bodhi Art, Weaving Memory, 1990-2006, 2007 (another from the edition)
New York, Luhring Augustine, The Ten Thousand Things, 2009 (another from the edition)
Venice, Venice Biennale, India Pavillion, 2011 (another from the edition)
Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Hammer Museum, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Art Institute of Chicago, Zarina: Paper Like Skin, 2012 - 2013 (another from the edition)
Weaving Memory, 1990-2006, exhibition catalogue, Mumbai, 2007 (unpaginated; another from the edition)
Zarina: Paper Like Skin, exhibition catalogue, New York, 2012 (illustrated, unpaginated, another from the edition)
Acquired directly from the artist
Zarina Hashmi, who prefers to be called by just her first name, has a love for paper: “Paper is an organic material, almost like human skin,” she says. She uses the material to create prints, drawings, and even sculptures cast in paper pulps. Zarina received her degree in mathematics before continuing her studies as a printmaker in Bangkok, Tokyo, and Paris. To date, her various methods of printmaking have included intaglio, woodblock, lithography, and silkscreen. She works in series, creating several prints in order to articulate and explore the multiplicity of a concept. Her recurring themes include diaspora, nostalgia, memory, borders, and home; her subjects are those inspired by her own understanding of her surroundings and history. She also uses a combination of punctures, folds, cuts, and scratches to create textured surfaces.
Indian, b. 1937, Aligarh, India, based in New York, New York
Zarina: Paper Like Skin
Zarina's Reflections of Indian Summers