Fenced Horizons

Zia, Partou
Partou Zia’s otherworldly canvases bring a fresh note to the long established tradition of storytelling. Her pictorial language features motifs and symbols including lovers, sleepers, dreamers and readers, placed in evocative interiors or luminous landscapes. Zia’s body of work represents a personal journey of self-discovery, with individual works manifesting as joyous acts of the imagination, gathering all experience and time into a vibrant present. Her use of colour was usually symbolic; for example, she associated yellow with spirituality. Zia often portrayed domestic scenes, incorporating into them her own self-portrait. In Fenced Horizons, 2005 the figure is portrayed in a state of wakefulness, clutching a book, while her shadow sleeps peacefully beside her, seemingly capturing the transitional moment of conscious becoming unconscious.
  • Artwork Details: 150 x 170cm
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  • Material description: Oil on canvas
  • Credit line: © Estate of Partou Zia. Gift of the artist’s estate. Image courtesy of Estate of Partou Zia
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  • Accession number: ACC39/2019



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