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Saira Hussain

The Shield Series Pt.1

2013, Henna on muslin, 48"w x 48"h

Buildings today cast a void, a void that absorbs the peace, unity and morals of a simple culture. My henna art references a place of belonging to shed further experiences of identity. The void formed creates a narrative of displacement. Using dome shapes created by floral and architectural elements and henna patterns, I dictate a sense of discontinuity from specific cultural identity and give importance to areas of war and worship. Mandalas create a sensual form of direction beginning with the focal point of the tightly ornate handmade work. The repetition creates unity that is seen in the power of a nation. My four locations of political awareness are Pakistan, Iran, Gaza and Iraq.

Saira Hussain - The Shield Series Pt.1

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