Shirazeh Houshiary’s work is characterised by its contemplative nature and its concern with communicating through the tangible medium of sculpture, intangible qualities and concepts such as light and darkness, unity and multiplicity, fixity and infinity. While the work is deeply rooted in her Iranian culture and the philosophical concepts and poetry of Sufism, its expression is very much within a contemporary Western sculpture idiom.
Two groups of sculpture in lead, copper and gold, and one group of paintings, make use of the different light and atmosphere of each of Camden’s three galleries. In Licit Shadow, contrasting metals evoke the play of light on water and suggest ideas of depth and surface. The cubic forms of Enclosure of Sanctity make reference to the science of numbers and symbolically represent the planets. The paintings Dancing Around My Ghost, communicate the shapes and rhythms of chanted invocations.
Shirazeh Houshiary was born in Shiraz, Iran in 1955 and came to England at the age of 18. She studied at the Chelsea School of Art and has exhibited widely, although this is her first large-scale solo show in a public gallery in London. The exhibition provides an opportunity for important new works to be seen in this country before they form part of a larger solo exhibition opening in Grenoble in April 1994. Her work can be seen this summer at the Venice Biennale, Tyne International and the Monastery of San Lazzaro, Venice.
Organised in collaboration with the Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin and supported by The Henry Moore Foundation.