Ayesha Sultana / Bangladesh b.1984 / Vortex 2018 /Graphite on paper / 61 x 61cm / © The artist / Image courtesy: The artist and Experimenter, Kolkata

Ayesha Sultana
Vortex 2018

On Display: GOMA, Gallery 3.4, Gallery 3.3

Ayesha Sultana’s works meander between delicate drawings and minimalist sculptures. The artist creates her works by applying multiple layers of graphite, using sticks, powder and soft brushes, on layers of paper to develop the seductive metallic tones. The thick sheets are then carefully cut, folded and fixed to explore shape and depth. Although her process is monochromatic and limited to a single material, she finds numerous ways to explore two- and three-dimensional space and the illusion of movement.

Sultana’s works are fundamentally about sensory perception, and while they are not specifically architectural studies, they evoke the built environment. Early in the development of her graphite works, she was inspired by Dhaka’s corrugated tin roof buildings. She uses the sensory experience of living in the city in her practice, occasionally working from photographs or with collected objects. In her practice, Sultana also explores the smells, sounds, objects and materials that are in plain sight, but which are often overlooked.

Contemporary context

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