Zarina Hashmi I Whispered to the Earth 1979

Artwork details

Artist
Zarina Hashmi born 1937
Title
I Whispered to the Earth
Date 1979
Medium Cast paper
Dimensions Object: 587 x 588 x 5 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased with funds provided by the South Asia Acquisitions Committee 2013
Reference
T13727
Not on display

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After witnessing a sixteenth-century paper-making process in Rajasthan, where the liquid pulp was mixed in large vats, Hashmi realised its potential as a casting medium. She began to produce deep relief moulds of her own, into which pulped paper was poured, pressed by hand and left to dry. Hashmi has compared paper to skin, stating that ‘it can be stained, pierced and moulded and it still has the capability of breathing and ageing. It has a fragility and resilience that lasts through time.’ Despite their apparent abstraction, the geometrical shapes imprinted onto and indented into Wall II, Fence and Pool 1 (Terracotta) refer to the structural elements of a house and its surroundings, relating to Hashmi’s memories of homes past and present.

April 2013

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