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Acrylic on carpet
Dimensions: 218.4cm (H) x 160cm (W) x 2.5cm (D) / 86" (H) x 63" (W) x 1" (D)
Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.
Stretch(ed) Gems” is a series of abstract paintings on machine and handwoven carpets. Ubiquitous in households across much of the West, Middle East, a rug in general and specifically a Persian-style rug, whether utilitarian or high-end status symbol, is commonly located at the center of a family’s domestic and social lives. The work is inspired by the saying “sweep it under the rug” This work aspires to bring truth swept under the rug into the open to liberate. Each hand painted gem is a revelation of beauty, strength, representing the transformation that cuts have on the precious gems. Much like diamonds, marginalized population especially women are pressured by society to have the perfect cut, or fit into a mold of acceptable norms. The cuts only sharpen the edge of their beauty and worth, not as an object but as an empowered force. Exploring contradiction and the culture clash between contemporary life and the reactionary traditional world, this series navigates around issues of feminism, identity, cultural traditions, values and roles of women in the 21st century
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Hometown: New York
Based in: Miami
Qinza Najm is a Pakistani-American artist whose interdisciplinary artistic practice explores gendered violence and female subjectivity. Utilizing performance, video, painting, and other mediums, the artist, originally trained as a psychologist, understands herself as a denizen of the world, using artistic means to create empathy and understanding between societies and cultures in order to address the deepest social traumas.
Born and raised in Lahore, Pakistan, Najm pursued her studies in fine arts at Bath University and The Art Students League of New York. She has exhibited internationally at the Queens Museum (NY), Christie’s Art (Dubai), Art|Basel (Miami, FL), National Museum of China and the Museum of the Moving Image (NY), among others. Her work has been featured in Artnet News, the Huffington Post, the NY Daily News, International Business Week, Buzzfeed, and Herald. She lives and works in New York.
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