Mona Kamal: Birch Bark Paintings
September 01 - December 17, 2017
Wave Hill House
Pictured above: Birch Bark Drawing #31, 2016, gouache on birch bark, 19 1/2 x 52 x 11 inches. Courtesy of the artist.
Mona Kamal’s birch bark series reintroduces drawing into her practice as a meditative escape from her political work questioning identity, nationalism and borders. The dense floral patterning alludes to mosaics and textiles in various cultures that represent landscapes as abstracted geometric designs. The winding branches and rhythmic shape of the foliage drawn on birch bark capture a decorative style consisting of looping, curvilinear tree forms. Kamal draws inspiration from her upbringing in Canada near the Rocky Mountains. Symbolic of growth, birch trees shed their bark as it expands, reflecting the cycles of regeneration in nature. Kamal’s paintings evoke the peaceful environment reflected in the grounds at Wave Hill.
Mona Kamal received her BFA from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and MFA from Parsons the New School for Design. Kamal has exhibited both internationally and nationally, with her most recent solo exhibition at VM Art Gallery in Karachi, Pakistan in 2015. She also has exhibited in New Delhi, India, at Gallery Espace and has shown extensively in Canada, including at the Art Gallery of Calgary, the Harbourfront Centre and YYZ Artists’ Outlet in Toronto. In New York, she has exhibited at Smack Mellon, the Queens Museum of Art, Exit Art and Rush Arts. In 2015, she was a media arts fellow at BRIC Media Arts. Kamal has held residencies at the Banff Centre in Canada and at The Sanskriti Foundation in New Delhi, India.
Learn more at www.monakamal.com
Pictured above: Birch Bark Drawings, 2016, gouache on birch bark, dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist.
Support for the Visual Arts Program is provided by Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc., Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, New York Community Trust Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund, New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation, and by the Cathy and Stephen Weinroth Commissioning Fund for the Arts.