PRINT October 1995


ANNOUNCED WITHOUT FANFARE OR disclaimer, Toba Khedoori’s immense but delicate works join the art party as reluctant guests enticed out of solitude. Her slow deliberations, inscribed as they are on empty expanses of paper, take uneasy position within the throng and jostle, where intimacy comes protected by the thick prophylactics of in-talk and irony. Standing aside from the slippery prattle of “discourse” and the quips of gallery-opening repartee, their allure is that of the lone stranger glimpsed from across a crowded room. Familiar in imagery yet emotionally distant, they are the conversations never had. By the time they are approached, they seem already to have slipped away, their beauty an opportunity, registered but unconsummated.

Khedoori’s artworks begin life as vast stretches of paper laid out on the studio floor. Wax is laboriously melted, then puddled and scraped over these

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