Photogravure and spit bite etching
43 x 35.5 cm [16.9 x 14 inches]
Edition of 20 works, signed and numbered.
About the work
On the occasion of Eduardo Paolozzi, 16 February - 14 May 2017, at the Whitechapel Gallery, Huma Bhabha has created a new etching edition in homage to the artist.
In her works on paper, Bhabha creates atmospheric images, often figurative, blending animal and human features. Huma Bhabha’s edition for the Whitechapel Gallery derives from a photographic collage. An image of a tree in the landscape is combined with a donkey-like totem, recalling her sculptural assemblages, which often incorporate the use of tribal masks. Layering the rich dark tones of the photogravure and emerald green of the spit bit e etching to produce a vibrant enchanting effect, this print undermines the documentary tradition with a darker, personal and fantastical dimension.
About the artist
Huma Bhabha is best known for her sculptural works. Her poetic assemblages are born out of tactile materials such as Styrofoam, air-dried clay, wire, cork and scraps of construction material. Often referred to as ‘post-apocalyptic' in their aesthetic, these works combine figuration with abstract architectural elements and a sense of landscape. Informed by a vast array of cultural references, from the cinematography of 1979 sci-fi classic "Stalker" to the architecture of Cambodia's ancient temples at Angkor Wat, Bhabha's work transcends a singular time and place. Instead, these strands come together in a highly personal exploration of what the artist describes as the ‘eternal concerns' found across all cultures: war, colonialism, displacement and memories of home.
Huma Bhabha was born in 1962 in Karachi, Pakistan. She now lives and works in Poughkeepsie, New York.
Solo exhibitions include; Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, England (2017); ‘Unnatural Histories' at P.S.1/MoMA Contemporary Art Centre, New York, USA (2012-2013); ‘Huma Bhabha: Players', Maramotti Collection, Reggio Emilia Province, Italy (2012); Aspen Art Museum, Colorado, USA (2011); Galerie Niels Borch Jensen, Berlin, Germany (2011).
Recent group exhibitions include; ‘America is Hard to See', Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2015) and ‘56th International Art Exhibition - All the World's Futures', Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy (2015) and ‘Land Marks', The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA (2013).
Bhabha's works are included in prominent collections internationally, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Museum of Modern Art, New York; New York Public Library, New York; The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas; Saatchi Gallery, London; The David Roberts Art Foundation, London; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris.
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