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When Words Disappear into Trees, Seher Shah, Installation view at Green Art Gallery, Dubai, 2021

When Words Disappear into Trees, Seher Shah

Installation view at Green Art Gallery, Dubai, 2021

Seher Shah, Ruined Score, 2020, Etchings on Velin Arches 300 gsm paper, 50 x 40 cm

Seher Shah, Ruined Score, 2020

Etchings on Velin Arches 300 gsm paper, 50 x 40 cm

Seher Shah, Ruined Score, 2020, Etchings on Velin Arches 300 gsm paper, 50 x 40 cm

Seher Shah, Ruined Score, 2020

Etchings on Velin Arches 300 gsm paper, 50 x 40 cm

Seher Shah, Ruined Score (detail), 2020

Seher Shah, Ruined Score (detail), 2020

When Words Disappear into Trees, Seher Shah, Installation view at Green Art Gallery, Dubai, 2021

When Words Disappear into Trees, Seher Shah

Installation view at Green Art Gallery, Dubai, 2021

Seher Shah, Argument from Silence (weight and measure), 2019, Polymer photogravures on Velin Arches paper

Seher Shah, Argument from Silence (weight and measure), 2019

Polymer photogravures on Velin Arches paper

Paper size: 63.5 x 76 cm, Plate size: 42 x 56 cm, Ed. of 20

Seher Shah, Argument from Silence (weight), 2019, Polymer photogravures on Velin Arches paper

Seher Shah, Argument from Silence (weight), 2019

Polymer photogravures on Velin Arches paper

Paper size: 63.5 x 52 cm, Plate size: 42 x 31.75 cm, Ed. of 20

Seher Shah, Argument from Silence (fragments and bodies) (detail), 2019

Seher Shah, Argument from Silence (fragments and bodies) (detail), 2019

Seher Shah, Argument from Silence (fragments and bodies), 2019, Polymer photogravures on Velin Arches paper

Seher Shah, Argument from Silence (fragments and bodies), 2019

Polymer photogravures on Velin Arches paper

Paper size: 63.5 x 52 cm, Plate size: 42 x 31.75 cm, Ed. of 20

Seher Shah, Argument from Silence (field measurements), 2019, Polymer photogravures on Velin Arches paper

Seher Shah, Argument from Silence (field measurements), 2019

Polymer photogravures on Velin Arches paper

Paper size: 63.5 x 52 cm, Plate size: 42 x 31.75 cm, Ed. of 20

Seher Shah, Foreign dust (Landscape 3), 2019-2020, Graphite dust on paper, 55.9 x 76.2 cm

Seher Shah, Foreign dust (Landscape 3), 2019-2020

Graphite dust on paper, 55.9 x 76.2 cm

Seher Shah, Foreign dust (Landscape 3) (detail), 2019-2020

Seher Shah, Foreign dust (Landscape 3) (detail), 2019-2020

Seher Shah, Foreign dust (Landscape 2), 2019-2020, Graphite dust on paper, 55.9 x 76.2 cm

Seher Shah, Foreign dust (Landscape 2), 2019-2020

Graphite dust on paper, 55.9 x 76.2 cm

When Words Disappear into Trees, Seher Shah, Installation view at Green Art Gallery, Dubai, 2021

When Words Disappear into Trees, Seher Shah

Installation view at Green Art Gallery, Dubai, 2021

Seher Shah, Foreign dust (Variation 15), 2019-2020, Graphite dust on paper, 55.9 x 38.1 cm

Seher Shah, Foreign dust (Variation 15), 2019-2020

Graphite dust on paper, 55.9 x 38.1 cm

Seher Shah, Foreign dust (Variation 15) (detail), 2019-2020, Graphite dust on paper, 55.9 x 38.1 cm

Seher Shah, Foreign dust (Variation 15) (detail), 2019-2020

Graphite dust on paper, 55.9 x 38.1 cm

Seher Shah, Foreign dust (Variation 9), 2019-2020, Graphite dust on paper, 55.9 x 38.1 cm

Seher Shah, Foreign dust (Variation 9), 2019-2020

Graphite dust on paper, 55.9 x 38.1 cm

Seher Shah, Variations in Grey, 2020-2021, Graphite dust and ink on ivory Russian paper, 21 x 29 cm

Seher Shah, Variations in Grey, 2020-2021

Graphite dust and ink on ivory Russian paper, 21 x 29 cm

Seher Shah, Variations in Grey (detail), 2020-2021

Seher Shah, Variations in Grey (detail), 2020-2021

Seher Shah, Variations in Grey, 2020-2021, Graphite dust and ink on ivory Russian paper, 21 x 29 cm

Seher Shah, Variations in Grey, 2020-2021

Graphite dust and ink on ivory Russian paper, 21 x 29 cm

When Words Disappear into Trees, Seher Shah, Installation view at Green Art Gallery, Dubai, 2021

When Words Disappear into Trees, Seher Shah

Installation view at Green Art Gallery, Dubai, 2021

Seher Shah, Night, 2018, Oil on Stonehenge white rag paper, 55.9 x 76.2 cm

Seher Shah, Night, 2018

Oil on Stonehenge white rag paper, 55.9 x 76.2 cm

Seher Shah, Night, 2018, Oil on Stonehenge white rag paper, 55.9 x 76.2 cm

Seher Shah, Night, 2018

Oil on Stonehenge white rag paper, 55.9 x 76.2 cm

Seher Shah, Night (detail), 2018

Seher Shah, Night (detail), 2018

's>Seher Shah and Randhir Singh, Studies in Form, 2018, Artist's Rooms: Seher Shah and Randhir Singh, Installation view at Jameel Arts Centre, 2019

Seher Shah and Randhir Singh, Studies in Form, 2018

Artist's Rooms: Seher Shah and Randhir Singh, Installation view at Jameel Arts Centre, 2019

Seher Shah and Randhir Singh, Studies in Form, Barbican Estate, 2018, Artist's Rooms: Seher Shah and Randhir Singh, Installation view at Jameel Arts Centre, 2019

Seher Shah and Randhir Singh, Studies in Form, Barbican Estate, 2018

Artist's Rooms: Seher Shah and Randhir Singh, Installation view at Jameel Arts Centre, 2019

Seher Shah and Randhir Singh, Studies in Form, Dentsu Head Office (detail), 2018, Cyanotype prints on Arches Aquarelle Paper, 38 x 28 cm

Seher Shah and Randhir Singh, Studies in Form, Dentsu Head Office (detail), 2018

Cyanotype prints on Arches Aquarelle Paper, 38 x 28 cm

Ed. of 5

Seher Shah and Randhir Singh, Studies in Form, Brownfield Estate (detail), 2018, Cyanotype prints on Arches Aquarelle Paper, 38 x 56 cm

Seher Shah and Randhir Singh, Studies in Form, Brownfield Estate (detail), 2018

Cyanotype prints on Arches Aquarelle Paper, 38 x 56 cm

Ed. of 5

Seher Shah and Randhir Singh, Studies in Form, Barbican Estate (detail), 2018, Cyanotype prints on Arches Aquarelle Paper, 38 x 28 cm

Seher Shah and Randhir Singh, Studies in Form, Barbican Estate (detail), 2018

Cyanotype prints on Arches Aquarelle Paper, 38 x 28 cm

Ed. of 5

Seher Shah and Randhir Singh, Studies in Form, Barbican Estate (detail), 2018, Cyanotype prints on Arches Aquarelle Paper, 56 x 76 cm

Seher Shah and Randhir Singh, Studies in Form, Barbican Estate (detail), 2018

Cyanotype prints on Arches Aquarelle Paper, 56 x 76 cm

Ed. of 5

Seher Shah and Randhir Singh, Studies in Form, Dentsu Head Office (detail), 2018, Cyanotype prints on Arches Aquarelle Paper, 56 x 76 cm

Seher Shah and Randhir Singh, Studies in Form, Dentsu Head Office (detail), 2018

Cyanotype prints on Arches Aquarelle Paper, 56 x 76 cm

Ed. of 5

Seher Shah and Randhir Singh, Studies in Form, Hewn Blueprints (detail), 2018, Cyanotype prints on Arches Aquarelle Paper, 38 x 28 cm

Seher Shah and Randhir Singh, Studies in Form, Hewn Blueprints (detail), 2018

Cyanotype prints on Arches Aquarelle Paper, 38 x 28 cm

Ed. of 5

Seher Shah and Randhir Singh, Studies in Form, Flatlands Blueprints (detail), 2018, Cyanotype prints on Arches Aquarelle Paper, 38 x 28 cm

Seher Shah and Randhir Singh, Studies in Form, Flatlands Blueprints (detail), 2018

Cyanotype prints on Arches Aquarelle Paper, 38 x 28 cm

Ed. of 5

Seher Shah, Single Utopias (Nakagin I, Tokyo), 2017, Graphite on paper, 165 x 127 cm

Seher Shah, Single Utopias (Nakagin I, Tokyo), 2017

Graphite on paper, 165 x 127 cm

Seher Shah, Single Utopias (Golconde IV, Pondicherry), 2017, Graphite on paper, 127 x 101.6 cm

Seher Shah, Single Utopias (Golconde IV, Pondicherry), 2017

Graphite on paper, 127 x 101.6 cm

Seher Shah, Object Repetition (Wall and Landscape), 2017, Cast iron, Dimensions variable

Seher Shah, Object Repetition (Wall and Landscape), 2017

Cast iron, Dimensions variable

Seher Shah, Object Repetition (Wall) (detail), 2017, Cast iron, 25.4 x 121.92 cm

Seher Shah, Object Repetition (Wall) (detail), 2017

Cast iron, 25.4 x 121.92 cm

Installation view, The Lightness of Mass, Green Art Gallery, Dubai, 2016

Installation view, The Lightness of Mass, Green Art Gallery, Dubai, 2016

Seher Shah, Untitled (cantilever cut), 2015, Cast iron, 21.5 x 10 x 16 cm, Ed. of 2

Seher Shah, Untitled (cantilever cut), 2015

Cast iron, 21.5 x 10 x 16 cm, Ed. of 2

Seher Shah, Untitled (upright grid), 2015, Cast iron, 29.5 x 16 x 12.5 cm, Ed. of 2

Seher Shah, Untitled (upright grid), 2015

Cast iron, 29.5 x 16 x 12.5 cm, Ed. of 2

Seher Shah, Untitled (bridge), 2015, Cast iron, 18.5 x 10.5 x 38 cm, Ed. of 2 

Seher Shah, Untitled (bridge), 2015

Cast iron, 18.5 x 10.5 x 38 cm, Ed. of 2 

Seher Shah, Hewn (monolith object), 2014, Woodcut on A4 grid paper, 30 x 21 cm

Seher Shah, Hewn (monolith object), 2014

Woodcut on A4 grid paper, 30 x 21 cm

Seher Shah, Hewn (curved spaces), 2014, Woodcuts on A4 grid paper, 30 x 21 cm

Seher Shah, Hewn (curved spaces), 2014

Woodcuts on A4 grid paper, 30 x 21 cm

Seher Shah, Unit Object (landscape view), 2014, Etching with aquatint on Arches paper, 58.5 x 66 cm, Ed. of 20

Seher Shah, Unit Object (landscape view), 2014

Etching with aquatint on Arches paper, 58.5 x 66 cm, Ed. of 20

Seher Shah, Unit Object (house), 2014, Etching with aquatint on Arches paper, 58.5 x 66 cm, Ed. of 20

Seher Shah, Unit Object (house), 2014

Etching with aquatint on Arches paper, 58.5 x 66 cm, Ed. of 20

Seher Shah, Machrie Moor I, 2015, In collaboration with Randhir Singh, Digital Print

Seher Shah, Machrie Moor I, 2015

In collaboration with Randhir Singh, Digital Print

121.92 x 86.36 cm, Ed. of 5

Seher Shah, Flatlands (Scrim), 2015, 15 - panel drawing, Ink on Paper, 236 x 546 cm

Seher Shah, Flatlands (Scrim), 2015

15 - panel drawing, Ink on Paper, 236 x 546 cm

Seher Shah, Flatlands (scrim) (detail), 2015

Seher Shah, Flatlands (scrim) (detail), 2015

Seher Shah, Capitol Complex, 2012, Collage on paper, 28 x 36 cm (each)

Seher Shah, Capitol Complex, 2012

Collage on paper, 28 x 36 cm (each)

Seher Shah, Capitol Complex: X Block, 2012, Collage on paper, 28 x 36 cm

Seher Shah, Capitol Complex: X Block, 2012

Collage on paper, 28 x 36 cm

Seher Shah, Capitol Complex: Blue Object, 2012, Collage on paper, 28 x 36 cm

Seher Shah, Capitol Complex: Blue Object, 2012

Collage on paper, 28 x 36 cm

Seher Shah, Hinterland Structures: Observation Tower, 2011, Duratran in wood light box, 13 x 18 x 8 cm

Seher Shah, Hinterland Structures: Observation Tower, 2011

Duratran in wood light box, 13 x 18 x 8 cm

Seher Shah, Hinterland Structures: Shed, 2011, Duratran in wood light box, 13 x 18 x 8 cm

Seher Shah, Hinterland Structures: Shed, 2011

Duratran in wood light box, 13 x 18 x 8 cm

Seher Shah, Object Repetition (line to distance), 2011, 480 cast hydrocal objects with ink, Dimensions variable

Seher Shah, Object Repetition (line to distance), 2011

480 cast hydrocal objects with ink, Dimensions variable

Seher Shah, Object Repetition (line to distance) (detail), 2011, 480 cast hydrocal objects with ink, Dimensions variable 

Seher Shah, Object Repetition (line to distance) (detail), 2011

480 cast hydrocal objects with ink, Dimensions variable 

Seher Shah, Emergent Structures: Relative noise, 2011, Graphite and gouache on paper, 183 x 183 cm

Seher Shah, Emergent Structures: Relative noise, 2011

Graphite and gouache on paper, 183 x 183 cm

Seher Shah, Unit Object (bent), 2011, Graphite and gouache on paper, 76 x 56 cm

Seher Shah, Unit Object (bent), 2011

Graphite and gouache on paper, 76 x 56 cm

Seher Shah, Untitled (walls), 2010, Graphite and gouache on paper, 183 x 183 cm

Seher Shah, Untitled (walls), 2010

Graphite and gouache on paper, 183 x 183 cm

Biography

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Detail of Seher Shah,

Argument from Silence (fragments and bodies), 2019

 

Seher Shah’s practice is dedicated to drawing, printmaking and sculpture. The intimacy of the hand, through mark-making, has been a source of curiosity, research, and experimentation in her practice. She has worked with drawing and printmaking exploring ideas in architecture and perspective drawing traditions; contested relationships between history, objects and time; and the relationship between poetry and abstraction. Through works on paper using drawings, etchings, photogravures and woodcuts, and sculptural studies in cast iron, her work speaks to the poetics and fractures of how we view the landscape, through the historical and intimate.

She is involved in long-term collaborative exchanges with architectural photographer Randhir Singh and the Glasgow Print Studio, through studies in form and intaglio printmaking.

Detail of Seher Shah and Randhir Singh, Studies in Form, Barbican Estate, 2018.

 

Seher Shah (b. 1975, Karachi) received her Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1998. Her works can be found in collections ranging from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Queens Museum, New York; Brooklyn Museum, New York; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Tate Modern, London; Art Jameel Collection, Dubai; Hallen für Neue Kunst, Schauffhausen; Kiran Nader Museum of Art, New Delhi; and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary Foundation, Vienna amongst others.

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