Artist Bushra Gill standing in front of her work
Bushra Gill

Artist Statement

I tessellate images from everyday life using Islamic geometric patterns. Utilizing the structure imposed by the pattern, personal and narrative images hide in plain view without being the sole focus. The shapes in the patterns are a point of origin for plays on color and spatial structure, while creating order to help me understand the natural world. Exploring the idea of privacy, images are present but hidden or veiled, like my hair which I cover with a scarf in public.

Bio

Bushra Gill is interested in finding order within the chaos of everyday life through art. She was born in Karachi, Pakistan, and emigrated to Houston, Texas, with her family as a small child. Drawn to art from a young age, she graduated from Pratt Institute in 1994, with a BFA in sculpture. She spent many years of working as a museum educator at various galleries and museums including The Museum of Modern Art, The Drawing Center and The Rotunda Gallery, while also working as a studio assistant to various artists including Maya Lin, Ursula von Rydingsvard and Maria Elena Gonzalez, as well as a career as a clothing designer and boutique owner in New York. In 2009, she moved to northern California with her family and returned to making art. In recent years, Gill has participated in many exhibitions in galleries in the Bay Area.