Shirazeh Houshiary

Veil

1999

Artist
Shirazeh Houshiary born 1955
Medium
Acrylic paint and graphite on canvas
Dimensions
Support: 1902 × 1902 × 36 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased with assistance from Edwin C. Cohen 2001
Reference
T07776

Summary

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This painting is part of a series called ‘self portraits’. Houshiary explained that in these works she set out to ‘find the essence of my own existence, transcending name, nationality, cultures’. Veil refers to the chador worn by some Muslim women. Houshiary has inscribed Arabic text related to Sufism on the surface of the painting. This mystical form of Islam is an important reference for the artist, who moved to the UK from Iran in 1973. The delicate writing changes in different light conditions, sometimes becoming invisible.

Gallery label, May 2019

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