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Title

Knotting the waves

2019


Artist

Nusra Latif Qureshi

Australia, Pakistan

1973 -


About

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.


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


Artist information

Nusra Latif Qureshi

Works in the collection

6