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    • A Backbone Without Support 2016
    • graphite drawing on paper mounted on foam, zippers, acrylic paint and digital print: 30.5 x 27 x 1 inch
    • Sophiya Khwaja
    • The Caress 2016
    • graphite on paper mounted on foam, acrylic paint, pins, digital print: 24 x 33 x 1 inch
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    • Twisted 1: The Reversal 2016
    • graphite drawing on paper mounted on foam, acrylic paint and needles: 36 x 18 x 1 inch
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    • Twisted 2: Nesting 2016
    • graphite on paper mounted on foam, acrylic paint, plastic: 24 x 28 x 4 inches
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    • Twisted 3: Hermaphrodite 2016
    • graphite on paper mounted on foam, acrylic paint, thread and digital print: 33 x 17 x 2 inches
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    • The C-section 2016
    • graphite on paper mounted on foam, acrylic paint, sewing needles, metal, zipper, string, plastic: 38 x 25 x 2 inches
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    • Plugging Drains 2016
    • graphite on paper mounted on foam, acrylic paint, pins, digital print: 33 x 24 x 1 inch
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    • Drowning in the Drain 2014
    • mixed media collage: 18 inches in diameter
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    • Dissected 2014
    • mixed media collage: 16 inches in diameter
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    • X Marks the Spot 2014
    • mixed media collage: 16 inches in diameter
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    • Three Cages 2014
    • mixed media collage: 16 inches in diameter
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    • The Conquered Conquering 2014
    • mixed media collage: 14 inches in diameter
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    • Closed Minded 2014
    • mixed media collage: 18 inches in diameter
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    • Behind the Pattern 2014
    • mixed media collage: 18 inches in diameter
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    • Goddess 1: Ready, Aim, Bend! 2014
    • mixed media collage: 16 inches in diameter
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    • # Failed Disguise 2014
    • mixed media collage: 18 inches in diameter
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    • Worshipping the Button 2013
    • collage, graphite, found and ready-made objects, digital printing: 44 x 44 x 11 inches
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    • Push the Red Button 2013
    • collage, graphite, found and ready-made objects, digital printing: 98 x 180 inches (variable)
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    • Push the Red Button (detail)
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    • Push the Red Button (detail)
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    • Push the Red Button (detail)
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    • Sneaky Sneaky 2010
    • drypoint, gouache, chine collé: 15 x 20 inches
    • Edition of 4
    • SOLD
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    • Evil Turban 2009
    • drypoint, chalk: 20 x 15 inches
    • Edition of 6
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    • If Silence is Golden 2011
    • drypoint, chine collé, gouache: 15 x 20 inches
    • Edition of 3
    • SOLD
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    • The One-Eyed King Amongst the Blind 2011
    • drypoint, monoprint: 15 x 20 inches
    • Edition of 3
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    • Lettuce Eat Away 2011
    • drypoint, chine collé, gouache, photo transfer: 15 x 20 inches
    • Edition of 3
    • SOLD
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    • Shuttlecock 2012
    • digital print, drawing: 12 x 9 inches
    • Sophiya Khwaja
    • Troubleshooting the Floods 2010
    • drypoint, spit bite, gouache: 20 x 15 inches
    • Edition of 4
    • SOLD
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    • I will manage i 2012
    • graphite, charcoal, collage: 30 x 20 inches
    • SOLD
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    • I will Manage ii 2012
    • graphite, charcoal, collage: 30 x 20 inches
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    • I will manage iii 2012
    • graphite, charcoal, collage: 23.5 x 19.5 inches
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    • Skating the House Out for a Walk 2013
    • graphite and mixed media: 17.75 x 29.75 inches
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    • Break Away 1 2007
    • line etching, spit bite, : 30 x 20 inches
    • Edition of 8
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    • Fly Up to Fall Down 2007
    • line etching, monoprint: 30 x 20 inches
    • Edition of 5
    • SOLD
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    • PBnJ (Artist Book) 2013
    • mixed media: 17.25 x 22.5 inches (open)
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Sophiya Khwaja

Pakistani, b. 1982

Sophiya Khwaja is a Pakistani artist living and working in Dubai.  Her images often picture a solitary female figure, the artist herself, navigating the strange world. Fantastic landscapes diverge from reality where the earth sprouts fuzzy black hair and the atmosphere is marked with symbols – a tiny black cloud, a single rain drop, a blue balloon – that indicate the emotion of the work. Khwaja’s recent pieces use her familiar iconography, this time encased in embroidery hoops not only for their obvious association with women’s work, but also for their shape. The hoops trap the figure in a never ending bind, intricate and measured.

In her large scale work, Push the Red Button, missiles are launched and everything spirals out of control. The situation in the narrative deteriorates rapidly resulting in an ending that is completely mad with no respect for form or boundaries. It is a dark comedy of errors, a devastating tale. Khwaja’s colored paper self seems to continue through the narration completely unscathed. The artist imagines herself with a green skin, representing envy, alien, sickness and the Pakistani flag. By the end when the plot unravels, all is revealed and all is lost.

Sophiya Khwaja received her MFA in Printmaking from Rhode Island School of Design (2007) and her BFA in Printmaking from the National College of Arts, Lahore, Pakistan (2003). Khwaja is the recipient of an artist residency at the Vermont Studio Center (2016), a Fulbright Fellowship (2005-2007) and is a selected artist for Campus Art Dubai’s (CAD) 4.0 Core Program (2016). Her work is in the collections of the Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library, Yale University, CT; UNESCO-Andorra, Ordino, Andorra; RISD Museum; and The United States Educational Foundation in Pakistan (USEFP), Islamabad, Pakistan.

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