ZARINA (B. 1937)
Spaces to Hide
signed, dated, editioned and titled '6/15 SPACES TO HIDE Zarina 80' (on the reverse)
cast paper
28½ x 29 in. (72.4 x 73.6 cm.)
Executed in 1980; number six from an edition of fifteen
Gallery Espace, New Delhi
Zarina: Paper Houses, exhibition catalogue, New Delhi, 2006, pp. 10, 20 (illustrated)
New Delhi, Gallery Espace, Zarina: Paper Houses, January - February 2007

Lot Essay

When I came to New York and was looking for a place to live, I read the signs outside the building "Space to Rent". This transformed to Spaces to Hide; at that time I was looking for a place to hide, a place of my own. And I have lived in this space since 1976, for thirty years'.
(Zarina: Paper Houses, exhibition catalogue, Gallery Espace, New Delhi, p. 10)
In her paper sculptures, Zarina's obsession for the formal purity takes a three dimensional form retaining the minimalist and lyrical essence of the line. Through the little triangle-like niches she conveys a sense of refuge, a triangle and square melded together function as a house - a place of security.

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