Symmetry in Sculpture: Recent Work by Zarah Hussain

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

24 May 2014 – 25 January 2015

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The British-Pakistani artist is inspired by the complex patterns that emerge from simple repeating shapes.

Zarah Hussain spent two years studying traditional Islamic art to learn how to produce intricate geometric patterns. According to Muslim convention, they must start with a circle – a metaphor for the divine – which is bisected into abstract shapes and forms that represent ‘the unseen and indescribable’.

In a new series Hussain transforms these patterns into the three dimensional. The resulting structures are surprisingly minimal, but have been precisely arranged to reveal new ways of seeing shadow, colour and light.

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