Toba Khedoori Untitled (window), 1999 Oil and wax on paper Toba Khedoori Untitled (window), 1999 Oil and wax on paper

Artist in focus: Toba Khedoori

Toba Khedoori Untitled (window), 1999 Oil and wax on paper Toba Khedoori Untitled (window), 1999 Oil and wax on paper
Toba Khedoori, Untitled (window), 1996, oil and wax on paper.

 

Australian born Toba Khedoori, an artist of Iraqi heritage — known predominantly for her precisely rendered mixed media drawings and paintings set within mural scaled waxed paper and linen.

 

Her drawings depict objects and architectural elements isolated from their spatial constructs, in a way that they are floating within an empty space. For example a window, a brick wall, an audience of chairs, and a fireplace – calling attention to the everyday and our interaction and movements within in it.

 

Toba Khedoori, Untitled (wall), 1996, oil and wax on paper.
Toba Khedoori, Untitled (wall), 1996, oil and wax on paper. 

 

Khedoori employs traditional materials of art-making such as oil paint, wax and pencil. While the drawings are highly detailed and realistic, the isolation of the subject matter is an abstraction.

 

The still and restrained compositions, operate on a cerebral and emotional level – alluding to open ended questions of perception and meaning. Like visual poetry, bearing a sense of mystery and poignant consideration – inviting the viewer to contemplate their perception of it.

 

Toba Khedoori, Untitled (chain-link fence), 1996, oil and wax on paper.
Toba Khedoori, Untitled (seats), 1996, oil and wax on paper. 

 

Today Khedoori’s works are represented in museum collections worldwide, including The Broad, Los Angeles; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.

 

Toba Khedoori, Untitled (white fireplace), 2005, wax and oil paint on paper.
Toba Khedoori, Untitled (white fireplace), 2005, wax and oil paint on paper. 

 

All artwork photography by David Zwirner Galleries.