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Title

Knotting the waves

2019

Artist

Nusra Latif Qureshi

Australia, Pakistan

1973 -

  • Details

    Date
    2019
    Media category
    Mixed media painting
    Materials used
    gouache on wasli
    Dimensions
    27.5 x 20.0 cm image; 34.0 x 23.4 cm sheet
    Credit
    Art Gallery of New South Wales, Bulgari Art Award 2019
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    226.2019
    Copyright
    © Nusra Latif Qureshi

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    The title of this painting is an improbable proposition: how do you knot waves? This paradox lies at the heart of this work, in which beautifully detailed turbulent seas fill the foreground. Above the waves hang the flowers of the cassia fistula, known as the golden shower tree, which bursts into bloom at the height of the hottest months.

    The third element is a throne of the type that is placed outdoors in all seasons, an image derived from a traditional Paharai painting which portrayed a woman seated on the throne waiting. The paradox of the title begins to convey a sense of absence, of promises unfulfilled, of waves that cannot be knotted, of lovers who do not arrive.

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