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Copperplate etching with soft ground, aquatint and spit-bite on paper
Zeinab Saleh (b.1996, Kenya) makes drawings, paintings and occasionally video works. Inspired by everyday experiences, personal encounters and memories, Saleh’s materials and palette allow her to make artworks that evoke feelings of intimacy and tenderness without being fixed in any specific time or narrative. Inviting calm and contemplation, the viewer is immersed in the space within the image. She is influenced by writer Kevin Quashie’s concept of ‘quiet’ as a metaphor for inner life – a private space to explore desires and fears. Saleh uses recurring patterns and silhouettes to project layers of time and meaning onto her canvases. Narratives are alluded to but rarely fully disclosed.