The two-panel painting Forever and ever I 2011 features in the left panel the outline of a seated woman taken from an earlier miniature painting which Qureshi has overlaid with a fragmentary image of Ganesh, the Hindu deity associated with wisdom. Painted threads connect across to the right panel, where women’s arms reach out from behind a globe in detailed expressive hand gestures that echo gestures used in traditional painting. The hands and arms are caught up and wound around by the threads, but also deftly manage to turn the thread into meaningful forms such as the lotus flower. The globe shape both occludes the women but suggests a world dependent on their creative energy.
mixed media on illustration board
a - left panel (framed), 40 x 31 cm
b - right panel (framed), 40 x 39.5 cm
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Bulgari Art Award 2019
Not on display
© Nusra Latif Qureshi