Zarah Hussain gains inspiration for her drawings and reliefs from the geometric shapes of the ancient Persian empire. With her digital work, the artist even adds a totally new dimension to the ancient patrimony of Islamic patterns. She creates visual formulas that express universality based on mathematical instructions with rotational and mirror symmetries. The repetitive arrangements have a hypnotic-contemplative effect; they suggest infinity. Hussain compares it to DNA: an immeasurable quantity of possibilities and differentiations unfold ad infinitum from one source. Mathematics, spirituality and beauty fuse into complex structures in her work. She investigates the discharge in current events.
Stef Van Bellingen
Zarah Hussain lives and works in London (UK). She obtained a BA in English Literature and History from the University of Manchester and an MA in in Visual Islamic and Traditional Arts from the Prince of Wales School. In addition to traditional and manual work with pencil, pigment and binding agents, Hussain also develops an oeuvre based on computer possibilities and and the digital world.