T05014 Beating of her Wings I 1987
Watercolour, black and white acrylic, silver paint, black chalk and pencil on wove paper 560 × 760 (22 × 30)
Various inscriptions in Persian towards b.r. and towards b.l. and inscribed ‘Shirazeh Houshiary’ in pencil on back b.r.
Presented by the Weltkunst Foundation 1987
Exh: Shirazeh Houshiary: Breath, Lisson Gallery, Sept.–Oct. 1987 (no number)
This work on paper shows a shape, reminiscent of a hat worn by Sufi monks, situated in the corner of a room. The hat-like shape, which is placed almost centrally on the paper, is made up of two vertical wings whose tips almost meet. Between the wings the artist has used white acrylic and white chalk to depict a channel of energy escaping heavenwards. The wings emanate from a silver pod-like shape which opens to reveal a soft, hairy centre. Attached to the base of the pod are three curved wispy lines tapered like feathers to form a tail…