On a 2017 trip to the Iranian island of Hormoz, Laila collected soil from which she derived ochre, red and purple oxides and chalk pigments. From her garden in London twenty-year-old brick is crushed to form a deep red powder. Together with lapis, malachite, vermillion and cinnabar these are some of the hues that inform her work. This traditional preparation of colours connects the artist to her surroundings as well as to the deep histories embedded within the mineral and organic materials she employs.
For her first ever solo exhibition, London-born Iranian artist Laila Tara H presents a group of new paintings made from naturally derived pigments and watercolour on salvaged Indian hemp paper. In a conscious attempt to separate geopolitics from the earth she turns to ancient and folk practices that allow non- human matter to speak, demonstrating that these are extraordinary actors in and of themselves.