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.
Zarina is a printmaker and sculptor. Paper is central to her practice; she prints on handmade paper, casts paper pulp and manipulates paper with needle and thread.
I first encountered the work of Zarina in the Art Institute of Chicago in 2013 where a retrospective of her work was shown.
She was born in 1937 in Aligarh in northern India and after marrying a diplomat she lived in a number of countries before moving to the States in 1975. Today, she still lives in the same Manhattan loft she moved into in 1976.
Rootlessness, spirituality, cultural weight, the concept of home and many more life-themes are subtly explored in the powerful works of Zarina.
For a conversation between the curator of the retrospective exhibition, Allegra Pesenti, and Zarina: please visit here.
Pictures shown are scans from the 2012 catalogue ‘Zarina: Paper like skin’.