45 x 70.2 x 55 cm
Natural pigment, watercolour, pencil, 24k shell gold, handmade hemp paper, thread, Lapis lazuli
This is a unique work, hand-signed by the artist on the back of the frame.
The work comes float-mounted in a hand-made Sapele frame with UV protective / museum glass.
Laila Tara H
Laila Tara H’s small-scale paintings on paper draw on the tradition of Indo-Persian miniature painting. Her Iranian heritage, and years spent moving through continents, has informed the language through which she articulates her own history of living in different cultural settings. Symbolic forms and multiple, concurrent narratives punctuate the space. Detailed figures, faces painted in profile, disjointed limbs, delicate foliage, birds, reptiles, and golden suns are all arranged in stark, startling compositions, creating a deeply personal narrative. Paper is cut and folded, puncturing, and destabilising space to introduce three-dimensional depth and shadow play. She uses pigments that are either naturally derived including deep blue lapis lazuli, walnut ink, clay earth ochre or from found materials such as crushed red London bricks.