Cade Tompkins Projects is pleased to announce an exhibition of new works by Sophiya Khwaja. Her images often picture a solitary female figure, the artist herself, navigating the strange and oftentimes dangerous world. Khwaja’s recent pieces use her familiar iconography, this time encased in embroidery hoops . Within the confines of the circle, missiles threaten, needles prick and thread cuts apart and then reassembles the stoic woman.
A second body of work expands the imagery of the embroidery hoops into a life size accounting of the female form. This works delves more deeply into issues relating to female censorship and objectification, where here many identifying characteristics like the face and hands are absent. The female body is restructured with missiles comprising the backbone, or metal needles fastening everything together.
Sophiya Khwaja received her MFA in Printmaking from Rhode Island School of Design (2007) and her BFA in Printmaking from the National College of Arts, Lahore, Pakistan (2003). Khwaja is the recipient of an artist residency at the Vermont Studio Center (2016), a Fulbright Fellowship (2005-2007) and is a selected artist for Campus Art Dubai’s (CAD) 4.0 Core Program. Her work is in the collections of the Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library, Yale University, CT; UNESCO-Andorra, Ordino, Andorra; RISD Museum; and The United States Educational Foundation in Pakistan (USEFP), Islamabad, Pakistan.