Sarah Burney

One Piece by Mequitta Ahuja, Xpect

August 25, 2020

Mequitta Ahuja’s 2019 painting Xpect depicts a woman in a red dress reclining on two chairs that have been draped with bright blue fabric. The large painting directly behind her, the smaller painting on the floor in the background, and the lack of furniture around the woman imply that we are in an art gallery. … Read More

One Piece by Zinnia Naqvi, The Wanderers – Niagara Falls, 1988

June 30, 2020

One Piece By… is an interview-column by Kajal arts contributor Sarah Burney. In each piece, Burney will have an in-depth discussion with a South Asian artist about one work of art they have created. Pakistani-Canadian artist Zinnia Naqvi mines her family album for inspiration and source material. In her photograph The Wanderers – Niagara’s Falls,1988, … Read More

One Piece by Himali Singh Soin, The Particle and the Wave

April 27, 2020

One Piece By… is an interview-column by Kajal arts contributor Sarah Burney. In each piece Burney will have an in-depth discussion with a South Asian artist about one work of art they have created. The world, as we knew it, is on pause. As governments scramble to get ahead of the coronavirus pandemic and the … Read More

The Prayer Mat Reimagined

October 21, 2019

Niyya, a newly launched Muslim lifestyle brand, has given that most fundamental of Islamic objects, the prayer mat, a long overdue makeover. In lieu of plush velvetesque fabrics, jewel tones, and ornate patterns, Niyya.co utilizes thick cotton, a pop art color palette, and an abstract aesthetic informed equally by modern art and Muslim iconography. Pushing … Read More

Water, Migration, Home: Padma Rajendran’s Among Nines

October 6, 2017

Contemporary artist Padma Rajendran’s debut solo exhibition, Among Nines, just closed at Ortega y Gasset Projects in Brooklyn, New York. Born in Malaysia, raised in the Middle East and America, and now based in New York, Rajendran explores the labor of women, interiors, the meaning of space, and narratives of home in her work. Art advisor Sarah Burney … Read More