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Blinding Light

Photo Credit: Rich Sanders, Des Moines.

Blinding Light

Artist: Zarina (Indian, born 1937)
Date: 2010
Medium: Okawara paper gilded with 22-karat gold leaf
Dimensions:
Overall: 73 × 39 × 1/2 in. (185.4 × 99.1 × 1.3 cm.)
Credit Line: Purchased with funds from the Coffin Fine Arts Trust; Nathan Emory Coffin Collection of the Des Moines Art Center, 2018.4
Accession number: 2018.4
Classification: work on paper
Label TextZarina's Blinding Light doorway shape is an example of her minimal approach to form. As a young woman, Zarina hoped to study architecture, and rich materials and architectural themes appear throughout her work. Spirituality has increasingly entered Zarina's work as she nears her eighth decade, and this overwhelming span of gold refers to enlightenment. The textured paper hangs free from the wall, and this subtle curve enhances the gold's ability to catch light. Cuts in the paper allow light in from behind. Both paper and gold are fragile materials Zarina works with often, and here their interaction with light moves the work's effect beyond the physical. News. July August September 2018, p. 12
SignedZarina (l,r embossed)
Paper/SupportOkawara paper
entirely unexpected