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Zehra Khan
updated: 04/24/2014
website: www.zehrakhan.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Lulu, Lucy and Lucinda
Bearded Tiger Lady
Hairy Monster Fingers
Hairy Monster with Hose
Rats Smoking Drinking Vomiting - Odalisque
In the Act
Moose Painting Nails
The Beastiary
Reject Rat
Last Cigarette
Drunk Drunk Bed Rat
Sweetheart of All My Dreams
Foxy
Whitetail
Plastic Paperclip Deer
 
Portfolio Keywords:  animals, humor, site-specific, gender/sexuality, feminist, illustration, surreal, process, obsessive, historical
 
 
Lulu, Lucy and Lucinda by Zehra Khan
Lulu, Lucy and Lucinda
from Johnny Flea and His Merry Maniacs Present the Circus: a mixed-media installation in collaboration with Tim Winn
2012
200 " x  240 "  x 72 " 
Bearded Tiger Lady by Zehra Khan
Bearded Tiger Lady
from Johnny Flea and His Merry Maniacs Present the Circus: a mixed-media installation in collaboration with Tim Winn
2012
200 " x  240 "  x 72 " 
Hairy Monster Fingers by Zehra Khan
Hairy Monster Fingers
Acrylic on friend
2011
58 " x  24 "  x 12 " 
Hairy Monster with Hose by Zehra Khan
Hairy Monster with Hose
acrylic on friend
2011
60 " x  24 "  x 12 " 
Rats Smoking Drinking Vomiting - Odalisque by Zehra Khan
Rats Smoking Drinking Vomiting - Odalisque
Installation: acrylic on friend.
2008
48 " x  72 "  x 48 " 
In the Act by Zehra Khan
In the Act
ink and photocopy on paper
2011
8 1/2 " x  11 " 
Moose Painting Nails by Zehra Khan
Moose Painting Nails
ink and photocopy on paper
2011
11 " x  8 1/2 " 
The Beastiary by Zehra Khan
The Beastiary
Ink on paper.
2008
36 " x  91 " 
Reject Rat by Zehra Khan
Reject Rat
Installation: acrylic on paper and friend.
2009
72 " x  108 "  x 96 " 
Last Cigarette by Zehra Khan
Last Cigarette
Installation: acrylic on canvas, paper and self
2010
69 " x  84 "  x 36 " 
Drunk Drunk Bed Rat by Zehra Khan
Drunk Drunk Bed Rat
Installation: acrylic on bed sheet, paper and friend. Also filmed performance, 1 min 20 sec.
2010
48 " x  60 "  x 72 " 
Sweetheart of All My Dreams by Zehra Khan
Sweetheart of All My Dreams
In collaboration with Tim Winn. Installation: spray paint, watercolor, wheat paste and photomechanical reproductions on paper, clothing, wood and friend.
2010
100 " x  90 "  x 185 " 
Foxy by Zehra Khan
Foxy
Acrylic and staples on paper
2012
16 " x  33 "  x 13 " 
Whitetail by Zehra Khan
Whitetail
Acrylic and glue on paper
2012
56 " x  62 "  x 36185 " 
Plastic Paperclip Deer by Zehra Khan
Plastic Paperclip Deer
Plastic paperclips and glue
2012
6 " x  5 "  x 3 " 

Artist Statement
I transform my friends and myself into animals, painting directly on skin.  This initiates a more social and collaborative art practice, and by painting on bodies I participate in acts of intimacy which are in themselves performances of social engagement.  My painted volunteers become animal characters activating their environment, fictions which lay bare the very real hazards of human relationships.

The animal character is placed within an environment; a complete painted background on paper or bed sheets.  Sometimes the recognizable reality of furniture and props collides with their drawn counterparts.  This environment crafts two-dimensional drawings into three-dimensional scenarios.  I play with scale, proportion and the viewers’ expectations of the space with these low-fi illusions.  The final product of this act is a photograph or film in which the viewer glimpses the surreal high jinks of a human disguised as a giant animal.

My animals speak to the hazards of love.  In the vulnerable experience of searching for love and companionship, many of my creatures rely on alcohol, or they become social smokers. With these blunders come anger, excessive indulgence, frenzy, bliss and bitterness, which dramatize the complex motives of people who are trying to attract a mate. To become attractive, do we start to objectify ourselves, and to whose standards?  I draw these characters integrating the personal with an art history canon, lampooning stereotypes pushed in advertising and pop culture.

Artist Bio / CV
SOLO EXHIBITIONS 

ArtSTRAND, Provincetown, MA.  2013

Cutrona Studios, Mashpee, MA.  2013

ArtCurrent, Provincetown, MA.  2013

Berkshire Community College, MA.  2012

ArtCurrent, Provincetown, MA.  2012

ArtStrand, Provincetown, MA.  2012

Cape Cod Community College, MA.  2012

UMass Lowell, MA.  2011

UMass Amherst, MA.  2011

Worcester State University, MA.  2010

FlatBreadAffair, Brooklyn, NY.  2010

French Library Alliance Française, Boston, MA.  2010

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

Appearances Eco Arts Festival, Provincetown, MA.  2014

Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Provincetown, MA.  2014

Cape Cod Museum of Art, Dennis, MA. 2014

10 Days of Art, Provincetown, MA.  2013

Chazan Gallery, Providence, RI.  2013

Montgomery College, Rockville, MD.  2013

Spattered Columns, NYC, NY.  2012 

Cambridge Art Association, MA.  2012

Gallery Ehva, Provincetown, MA.  2009-2012

Provincetown Art Association & Museum, MA.  2009-2012

Cape Cod Community College, MA.  2010

Galatea Fine Art, Boston, MA.  2010

Boston Children’s Museum, Boston, MA.  2010

Brooklyn Art Library, Brooklyn, NY.  2010

Lexington Art League, Lexington, KY.  2010

Axiom Gallery, Boston, MA.  2009

Burning Man Arts Festival, Black Rock, NV. 2008

Bank of America Pavilion, Boston, MA.  2008

 

 

RESIDENCIES & PROGRAMS

2013 Nov   Yaddo, Saratoga Springs, NY

2011- now   deCordova Museum Corporate Lending Program, Lincoln, MA

2012 Nov & Aug 2010  Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT

2010 March  Contemporary Artist Center, Troy, NY

 

AWARDS

Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellowship in Drawing.  2012

 

ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE

2012 Cape Cod National Seashore Dune Shack Artist-in-Resident, Provincetown, MA 

Jan-Feb 2012  Cape Cod Community College, MA

March 2011  Gallery Ehva, Provincetown, MA  

 

EDUCATION

MFA, Massachusetts College of Art & Design at the Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, MA.  2009

BS, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY.  2004