Hamra AbbasPakistan (b .1976)
Construction Drawing 1 (Square), 2019
Marble inlaid with granite
121.9 x 121.9 cm
Lives and works in Boston and Lahore
Hamra Abbas’ Construction Drawings are a series of marble inlay works that repeat the process of rotating triangle, square and hexagon to create a complex circular web of straight lines. These works are meticulously hand-crafted from two contrasting colours of stone – white marble and black granite – to create the illusion of spinning lines that are expansive and boundless.
Hamra Abbas’ artistic practice draws from a myriad of sources and takes a diversity of forms. Her works originate from encounters and experiences – an image, icon or gesture – that are manipulated by the artist transforming its scale, function or medium. Her intention is to deconstruct the act of seeing by recreating images that form part of a collective memory. Unrestrained by subject matter or media, she takes an investigative approach to produce a diverse and holistic body of work addressing notions of cultural history, sexuality, violence, ornamentation, devotion and faith.