The Lightness of Mass
by Seher Shah
The presentation The Lightness of Mass brings together drawing, printmaking and sculpture to share the artist's long-term interests in materiality and how it provokes different interpretations of architectural space. The relationships between abstraction and spatial representation are presented through graphite and ink drawings, etching and woodcut prints, photography and cast-iron sculpture developed at foundries on the outskirts of New Delhi. These works revisit the mainstays of architectural representational methods—plan, elevation, section—to explore the impermanent nature of objects and materials.
Seher Shah’s practice explores the poetics and fractures of architectural space through drawing, printmaking and sculpture. Her practice as an artist and education in architecture has allowed for a method of working that is informed by both fields, through drawing, abstraction and materiality. Her long-term interest in the role of drawing works with the historic and intimate through the precise traditions of Renaissance perspective methods with an approach that troubles the rational language of architectural drawing.
Seher Shah received her Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1998. Her works are in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Brooklyn Museum and Queens Museum, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Schaffhausen, Switzerland; Devi Art Foundation and the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, New Delhi; Deutsche Bank Art Contemporary; Progressive Collection; and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary Foundation, Vienna, Austria amongst others.