Seher Shah’s practice uses experiences from the field of art and architecture to think about space, landscape, objects and aesthetics through drawing, printmaking and sculpture. In recent years her work has been concerned about the language of drawing and how to represent an experiential nature of space. The relationships within perspective drawings, the aesthetics of architecture, and materiality within drawing and sculpture are some of the preoccupations in her practice. Her work draws through scale shifts between the individual to architecture, personal memory to collective historical events, and the transformation of symbols and spaces. Drawing spaces that become a transformative process where personal memory and attitudes exist alongside, or against, the status quo of the iconic and historic. Constructing perspectives not just as a drawing method, but a process that allows for disaffected elements alongside the idealism inherent within architectural and cultural aesthetics.
Seher Shah received her Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1998.
Recent solo and two-person exhibitions include: Of Absence and Weight, Nature Morte, New Delhi, India (2016); The Lightness of Mass, Green Art Gallery, Dubai, UAE (2016), Ways of Seeing, Gauri Gill and Seher Shah, Experimenter, Kolkata, India (2014), 30 | 60 | 90, Jhaveri Contemporary, Mumbai, India (2013); Constructed Landscapes, AMOA-Art House, The Jones Center, Austin, TX, USA (2013), Radiant Lines, Nature Morte, Berlin, Germany (2012); and Brute Ornament, two-person exhibition with Kamrooz Aram at Green Art Gallery, Dubai, UAE (2012).
Selected group shows include: Constructs I Constructions, Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, New Delhi, India (2015); Scenes for a New Heritage, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA (2015) Geometries of Difference: New Approaches to Ornament and Abstraction, The Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at the State University of New York at New Paltz, New Paltz, NY, USA (2015); WORKING SPACE around memory and perception, The Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, New Delhi, India (2015); Below Another Sky, Glasgow Print Studio, Glasgow, UK (2015), The Language of Human Consciousness, Athr Gallery, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia (2014); Observed Ratios, The James Gallery at CUNY Graduate Center, New York, USA (2013); Decenter: An exhibition on the Centenary of the 1913 Armory Show, the Abrons Art Center, New York, USA (2013); Radical Terrain, Rubin Museum of Art, New York, USA (2012); Lines of Control, Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, New York, USA (2012); Drawing 2011: Biennial, Drawing Room, London, UK (2011); Eccentric Architecture and Generation 1.5, Queens Museum of Art, New York, USA (2011); On Rage, Haus der Kulteren der Welt, Berlin, Germany (2010); 21: Selections of Contemporary Art, Brooklyn Museum, New York, USA (2008).
Her work is in the collections of the British Council, the Museum of Modern Art, New York, Brooklyn Museum, Queens Museum of Art, Museum of Contemporary Art in Schafhausen, Switzerland, Devi Art Foundation, Deutsche Bank Art Contemporary, the Progressive Art collection, and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary Foundation, Vienna, Austria (T-B-A21), amongst others. Her work has been reviewed in Artforum, The New York Times, Art Asia Pacific, Art in America, Bidoun, Art Papers, Newsweek, and Frieze amongst others. Seher Shah is also featured in the Phaidon publication Vitamin D2: New Perspectives in Drawing (2013).
Seher Shah lives and works in New York.