"Laila Rahman: New Paintings and Etchings" on view June 14–30, 2011 Bookmark and Share   

Laila Rahman received a 2010–11 Fulbright Scholar award to pursue research and studio practice at SMFA. Exploring religion and myth within contemporary society, these new works are a culmination of her artistic exploration here, on view in the BAG Gallery, June 14–30. Join us for the opening reception June 14, 4:30–6:30 pm.

Born in Lahore, Pakistan in 1966, Rahman attended St Martins College of Art and Design and later with a scholarship from the British Council in Pakistan achieved a First Class Masters Degree in Printmaking from Slade School of Fine Art in London. She has exhibited her work in group exhibitions across Pakistan, India, USA and in Europe.

Artist Statement
Manipulation, through the exercise of power, of strength, of evil, of temptation offered is the theme of this body of work. Be it in the story of Creation, images of Heaven and Hell, the downfall of Pride, mankind's fate will run its ordained course. History has taught us that the qualities of ambition, greed and envy do not change; they are renewed in each new epoch.

Dealing in human emotion leads the artist on an inward, sometimes spiritual journey. The references to myths and dreams are deliberate, in order to invoke a sense of time and absence, of forgotten worlds.

In the In the Court of the Lord series of etchings, the increasing polarity in understanding and acceptance of differences in religion and race is explored. This is the narrative of Creation. Here text and imagery are combined and juxtaposed to create spatial depths and distinctions. It is an eternally unfolding story, simple and powerful, whose message has endured time.

Gallery hours: Monday–Friday 10 am–5 pm

Image: Laila Rahman, Armoured Memories, 2011. Oil and graphite on canvas. 36 x 36 inches. Courtesy of the artist.