NYU’s Asian/Pacific/American Institute has named visual artist Zarina as its Artist-in-Residence for the 2017-18 academic year—a role that will include an exhibition (“Zarina: Dark Roads,” Oct. 5, 2017-Feb. 2, 2018) and a related panel discussion (Nov. 1).
Zarina, who was born in Aligarh, India in 1937 and currently lives and works in New York, adopts the recurring themes of home, displacement, borders, refugees, and memory. Her work is defined by her adherence to the personal and the essential. While it tends towards minimalism, its starkness is tempered by both texture and materiality.
Best known as a printmaker, Zarina prefers to carve instead of draw the line, to gouge the surface rather than build it up. She has used various mediums of printmaking including intaglio, woodblocks, lithography, and silkscreen, and she frequently creates series of several prints in order to reference a multiplicity of locales or concepts. She has long been interested in the material possibilities of paper and in addition to printing on it, she has created works which entail puncturing, scratching, weaving, and sewing on paper. Zarina also creates sculpture using a variety of media such as bronze, aluminum, steel, wood, tin, and paper pulp.