T05013 The Earth is an Angel 1987
Black ink, black, white and green chalk, gold paint and pencil on grey sugar paper 509 × 634 (20 × 25)
Various inscriptions in Persian in various places 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)
Repr: Shirazeh Houshiary, exh. cat., Centre d'art contemporain, Geneva 1988, p.36 (col.)
‘The Earth is an Angel’ is dominated by a large four-winged shape in a room setting. A horizontal line in the background indicates the meeting of a floor with a wall, while a vertical line behind the form suggests a corner. The central shape appears flat, although an area of shadow at its base suggests it has the properties of a three-dimensional object. It is made up of a black two-winged shape with green chalk markings at the edges, and a gold two-winged shape behind. The black wings are joined in the middle so that the tip of the wing on the left points downwards while the tip of the wing on the right points up…