The Print Collection
Zarina (1937-2020)

Zarina (1937-2020) , was an Indian-American artist and printmaker based in New York City. Her work spans drawing, printmaking, and sculpture. Associated with the Minimalist movement, her work utilized abstract and geometric forms in order to evoke a spiritual reaction from the viewer. An early interest in architecture and mathematics is reflected in her use of geometry and her emphasis on structural purity. While her work tends towards minimalism, its starkness is tempered by its texture and materiality. Her art poignantly chronicled her life -recurring themes includeing home, displacement, borders, journey and memory.

Best known as a printmaker, Zarina used various mediums including intaglio, woodblocks, lithography, and silkscreen, and she frequently created series of several prints in order to reference a multiplicity of locales or concepts. Her seminal work “These Cities Blotted into the Wilderness (Adrienne Rich after Ghalib)”, explores geographical borders and contested terrains, particularly those areas which are scarred from political conflict.

ZARINA - These Cities Blotted into the Wilderness (Adrienne Rich After Ghalib)

Portfolio of nine woodcuts with Urdu text printed in black on Okawara paper and mounted on Somerset paper
Grozny - 7” x 5 3⁄4”; Sarajevo - 6” 7 1⁄2”; Srebrenica - 6 3⁄4” x 6; Beirut - 6 1⁄4” x 7 1⁄2”; Jenin - 6 1⁄2” x 7 1⁄4”; Baghdad - 7 1⁄4” x 7”;
Kabul - 5 1⁄2” x 7 1⁄4”; Ahmedabad - 7 1⁄2” x 6 1⁄2”; New York - 7 1⁄2 x 5 1⁄2” (all sheets 16” x 14”)