Ambreen Butt at NMWA
Nov 30 2018
WASHINGTON—The National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) presents Ambreen Butt—Mark My Words, on view Dec. 7, 2018–Apr. 14, 2019. This is the first solo exhibition in Washington, D.C., for Pakistani-American artist Ambreen Butt (b. 1969). Featuring 13 mixed-media works on paper, Mark My Words reveals the connection between the artist’s global consciousness and the physical mark-making techniques that she uses to create her works.
“Trained in traditional Indian and Persian miniature painting, an art form used in historical illustrated manuscripts, Ambreen Butt reimagines the genre to feature contemporary female protagonists and political subject matter,” says NMWA Assistant Curator Orin Zahra. “While the intricate details of her works on paper invite close looking and discovery, her content tackles larger global issues of oppression, violence and the role of art as social commentary.”
The artist’s use of varied mark-making processes enriches her work and speaks to broader ideas of women making their mark on society. This exhibition showcases a diversity of techniques, including drawing, stitching, staining, etching and gluing. Reflecting on her painstaking and labor-intensive process, Butt says, “It is through that physical experience that I process the complexities of my thoughts. I call it the labor of love, the bearer of the clarity of my mind.”