ZARINA (B. 1937)
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ZARINA (B. 1937)

Letters from Home

ZARINA (B. 1937)
Letters from Home
numbered, titled, signed and dated '8/20 Letter I-VIII Zarina 2004' (each)
woodblock and metalcuts printed on handmade Kozo paper and mounted on Somerset paper

11½ x 8¾ (28.5 x 22.5 cm.) smallest image size; 12 x 9 (30.5 x 23 cm.) largest image size;
22½ x 15½ (56.5 x 38 cm.) sheet size

Executed in 2004; seven works numbered eight, one work numbered seven from an edition of twenty
Zarina: Counting 1977-2005, exhibition catalogue, New York, 2005 (another from the edition illustrated, unpaginated)
Zarina: Weaving Memory, 1990-2006, exhibition catalogue, Mumbai, 2007 (another from the edition illustrated, unpaginated)
Home Spun, exhibition catalogue, New Delhi, 2011, pp. 32, 34 (another from the edition illustrated)
I. Dadi and H. Nasar, eds., Lines of Control: Partition as a Productive Space, Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Ithaca, 2012, pp. 98, 170, 171 (another from the edition illustrated)
A. Pesenti, Zarina: Paper Like Skin, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, 2012, pp. 134-137 (another from the edition illustrated)
New York, Bose Pacia, Zarina: Counting 1977-2005, 10 November - 22 December 2005 (another from the edition exhibited)
Mumbai, Bodhi Art, Zarina Weaving Memory, 1990-2006, 2007 (another from the edition exhibited)
New Delhi, Devi Art Foundation, Home Spun, 27 August - 27 December 2011 (another from the edition exhibited)
Ithaca, Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Lines of Control: Partition as a Productive Space, 21 January - 1 April 2012 (another from the edition exhibited)
Los Angeles, Hammer Museum; New York, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Chicago, Art Institute of Chicago; Zarina: Paper Like Skin, September 2012 – September 2013 (another from the edition exhibited)

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Damian Vesey
Damian Vesey




Zarina's semi-abstract minimalist art raises questions concerning distance, loss, and the ephemeral nature of the concept of home. The artist also explores the tenuous idea of geographical boundaries, playing upon their simultaneous ability to demarcate and divide.

For Zarina, process, medium and concept are as integral to the success of an artwork as the final aesthetic. Here Zarina unites elements of calligraphy and cartography in a series of prints inspired by letters she received from her sister in Pakistan. The text and diagrams recall important events that marked both sisters' lives, despite their physical separation and the distance between them.

Zarina's works are part of numerous highly esteemed collections including those of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi; the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; and La Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris. Other editions of this portfolio are part of the permanent collections of the Tate Modern, London, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

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