Works from 'Gadani'

Lala Rukh
Works from 'Gadani', 2001
Silver paint on paper,
20.7 × 29.2 cm each

Overview

Lala Rukh’s art practice is intertwined with her lifelong commitments to teaching, activism and the classical music of South Asia, which span the past fifty years and include her founding and directing MA Honours in Visual Arts at Lahore’s National College of Arts; and co-founding The All Pakistan Music Conference (1960), Women’s Action Forum (1981) and Vasl Artists’ Trust (2000).

In Sigiriya (1993), three serigraph prints depict the ancient city’s water gardens at different times of day, exploring transference and duration through evolving gradients of colour and tone. Indicative of her economy of form and interest in line as perceptual threshold, Hieroglyphics IV and V (2006–08) draw on the artist’s exposure to calligraphy and music from an early age. Here, the square, angled qat, which determines the size and form of calligraphic writing, is used to visualise the matra, or beat, that constitutes the fixed rhythmic patterns of South Asian raaga – an exploration of new units of measure and structural progression that underlie both systems.

Various work

Lala Rukh
2000-2015

Installation view: Sharjah Art Museum

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Sand drawings: 1–4

Lala Rukh
2000-2015

Four digital prints,
40.6 × 54.6 cm each

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Gadani: no. 14

Lala Rukh
2001

Silver paint on paper,
20.7 x 29.2 cm

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Hieroglyphics V: Iktaal

Lala Rukh
2008

Silver paint on carbon paper
20.3 × 50.8 cm

Hieroglyphics V: Iktaal Image

Works from ‘Sigiriya’

Lala Rukh
1993

Serigraph with pastel additions
58.4 × 45.7 cm each

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Lala Rukh: Selected Works

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Lala Rukh’s eclectic interests combined with her passion for the sea can be seen in her drawings as a sustained inquiry into the dialectics of form and meaning and politics of representation.