ARSHIA FATIMA HAQ


AMERICAN - b. HYDERABAD, INDIA

N COLLABORATION WITH

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THE ASCENSION, 2018




In The Ascension, Arshia Haq uses the symbol of the Buraq, an Islamic mythical being - part female, part horse - to explore personal and worldly contradictions around depiction and making. The Buraq, as an ice sculpture, slowly melts in front of the viewer as the artist, in silent devotion, works to gild it with gold leaf - long a mode of making in Islamic miniature and calligraphic art.

As the Buraq seems to be vulnerable to outside forces, the act of making becomes a healing mechanism, enshrining it in posterity. Ultimately, however, the viewer and the artist must also resolve the paradox of trying to preserve the divine.

Mark