Eleven Thoughts Form (conflation of mischief and pleasure)

Eleven Thoughts Form (conflation of mischief and pleasure)

  • Artist

    Areez Katki

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  • Medium

    cotton thread hand embroidery over hand-woven khadi

  • Size

    420 x 840 mm

  • Credit

    Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2020

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  • Accession Date

    05 Aug 2020

  • Department

    New Zealand Art

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  • Collection


  • Chartwell Notes

    A frieze tableau that may be read left to right; a corresponding mix media study (on brown packaging paper) was executed in 2018 as an attempt to depict eleven simultaneous sounds and thoughts that had occurred during a Zoroastrian initiation ceremony [Navjote] in Mumbai. The outcome, once embroidered, is a tense and disjointed dissipation of those painterly forms. They were no longer simultaneous, but rather stretched and linear.


    A year after the event - each form, once revisited, felt more solid and began to take shape. This solidification of reflected matter [thought] was further accentuated by contrasting the amorphous effect(s) that were once achieved spontaneously through aquatint and chalk in 2018. They were far less ambiguous in 2019, and even less so as the artist communicates them through the medium of thread and cloth. Hence one might say that thread is used here metaphorically, to provide a more detailed procession of time and place, through a duration-sensitive process such as hand-embroidery. - Areez Katki

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