Toba Khedoori

Australian (Sydney, Australia, 1964)

Untitled (Rooms)

2001
drawing | oil and wax on paper
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  • Untitled (Rooms)

    Toba Khedoori, Untitled (Rooms), 2001; oil and wax on paper, 144 in. x 144 in. (365.76 cm x 365.76 cm); Collection SFMOMA, Accessions Committee Fund: gift of Shawn and Brook Byers, the Modern Art Council, Elaine McKeon, Christine and Michael Murray, Lenore Pereira-Niles and Richard Niles, and Robin Wright; © Toba Khedoori


Khedoori begins each of her immense yet delicate artworks by laying stretches of heavy rag paper on the floor. She brushes these panels with a thin layer of hot, clear wax, giving the surface a translucent and antiquated feel. Her method deliberately traps elements of the studio — dirt particles, footprints, fuzz, and pet hair — that stray onto the otherwise clean surface during waxing, so that the finished work recalls the process of its own creation.

After stapling the waxed paper to the studio wall, Khedoori incises an image into its surface, which she then painstakingly fills in with subtle color. Here, fragments of receding rooms hover in the center of the waxed field. It feels like an architectural drawing, yet the lack of detail and the sense of stillness and solitude lend the work an abstract, otherworldly quality, as if it were a trace of a memory or a daydream.


144 in. x 144 in. (365.76 cm x 365.76 cm)
Acquired 2002
Collection SFMOMA
Accessions Committee Fund: gift of Shawn and Brook Byers, the Modern Art Council, Elaine McKeon, Christine and Michael Murray, Lenore Pereira-Niles and Richard Niles, and Robin Wright
© Toba Khedoori
2002.46.A-B

Tags

rooms, doors, empty, rectangles


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