Exhibition

Woven Air: Rezia Wahid

19 Sep 2009 – 31 Oct 2009

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Free admission

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A solo exhibition of the graceful and subtle woven textiles of Rezia Wahid. Rezia's signature cloths are graceful, translucent hangings expressing the symbolic attribute of 'woven air'. Rezia Wahid comments that 'air, peace and tranquillity are words that are part of Islam and Islamic art and architecture, and they profoundly influence my work'. Rezia's work is restrained and even understated, but in the quiet sway of her silk hangings, there is a deep underpinning belief in the ability of the hand-made material to induce the moment of spiritual and reflective calm, the oasis of beauty in a turbulent and troubled world. Her aesthetic does not shy away from political or social concerns, though they are addressed tangentially and always through formidable grasp of technique. Rezia's assimilation of influences — as diverse as the Bangladeshi Jamdhani technique and the English countryside, through her interest in poetry, Western literature, designers and artists, and the weaver's use of natural dyes and fibres — also informs these new cloths. The exhibition is part of an ambitious and significant national exhibition initiative entitled The shape of things. Supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, 'The shape of things' explores and considers the relevance of identity, influence and the context of cultural diversity in contemporary crafts.

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