Nasreen Mohamedi

Just discovered a great but lesser known artist—Nasreen Mohamedi. The obvious precursor for a drawing like this one is Agnes Martin, but in feel it recalls Gego.

Nasreen Mohamedi

Nasreen Mohamedi, ink and pencil drawing

Other drawings are a bit more severe and mechanical. A click will help to see this one.

Nasreen Mohamedi, Untitled drawing

Nasreen Mohamedi, Untitled drawing

She took a lot of photographs, and they make it pretty clear where drawings like the previous one come from, namely her own experience and perceptions. An artist with their

Nasreen Mohamedi, Photograph

Nasreen Mohamedi, Photograph

own position, firmly centered in their work, is always admirable. When the work is also meditative and focused the effect of integrity is doubly strong. John Yau in the Brooklyn Rail suggests that her structures are loose, full of apparent disconnects and leaps that strain our intelligence. That sounds really great, and a relief to me, because I don’t think I could live for long with so much strict rectalinearity. Her story is good too, a cosmopolitan surviving artistically in a provincial context, like all of us.

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