TALES CARRIED BY THE BREATH
Anant Art Gallery, 2006 (February)
Catalogue essay: Nancy Adajania
‘Barbed’, Aisha Khalid’s recent watercolours on wasli paper, stimulate the pages of a diary inscribed with furtive notations that defy decipherment. These pages tantalise us with their bare, milk-white spaces, which carry faint tracery of curtain folds, their quietude suddenly ruptured by a saturated red border or motif. These works are an attempt at emptying, at draining her otherwise busy painted surfaces of all colour and pattern. They conduct an animated choreography on paper, as pictorial elements are pushed to the border of the page but not altogether done away with.
(excerpt from catalogue essay ’Tales carried by the breath: Aisha Khalid’s recent works’, by Nancy Adajania)