Details:

Inspired by the vibrant colors and details of sand mandalas, this "thread drawing" starts with the separating of plaid fabrics. As the fabric unfurls, there is an improvised process of moving and guiding the threads that evokes time-elapsed video.
Framed: 24.0 x 30.0 x 1.2 in.

① Artwork:

24 Hour Surveillance of Invisible Forces

Inspired by the vibrant colors and details of sand mandalas, this "thread drawing" starts with the separating of plaid fabrics, thread by thread. As the fabric unfurls, there is an improvised process of moving and guiding the threads to create a drawing of tracked movements, evoking time-lapsed video. Asif Mian deconstructs South Asian craft traditions, reinvigorating them with processes sourced from science, technology and video. His work explores how memory, ritual and other behaviors are impacted by violence, and how healing might be achieved in its aftermath.

Specs:

26 inches
20 inches
with frame
30 inches
24 inches

③ Artist:

Asif Mian

Asif Mian uses sculpture, textile, drawing and video to explore how violence impacts ritual, behavior and memory. He reinvigorates South Asian craft traditions—such as textiles, mosaics and rug making—with scientific and technological processes. Mian splices and ruptures these traditional storytelling techniques, producing a web of fragmented facts and fictions.

Asif Mian:
24 Hour Surveillance of Invisible Forces, 2021
Separated plaid fabric, thread on polyester paper
20.0 × 26.0 inches /