New Solo Exhibition from Alyssa Pheobus Mumtaz

September 18, 2014

Visual Arts alumna Alyssa Pheobus Mumtaz (’08) recently opened her third solo exhibition with Tracy Williams Ltd. Gallery.
 
Best known for her drawing practice, Pheobus Mumtaz’s large scale drawings and other projects have been exhibited internationally, including solo presentations at Jhaveri Contemporary (2014), La Caja Blanca, Palma (2012), Bellwether, New York (2009) and previously at Tracy Williams, Ltd., New York (2012, 2009). In addition to receiving fellowships from the LeRoy Neiman Center for Print Studies (2006-8) and the New York Foundation for the Arts (2009), Pheobus Mumtaz has been an artist-in-residence at Dieu Donné, the Ucross Foundation, the Santa Fe Art Institute, La Caja Blanca and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.
 
Her new exhibition, Ghosts of the Great Highway, reflects on Pheobus Mumtaz’s nomadic movements and the relics discovered within her work and travels to Pakistan, Europe, South Asia and the American West.
 
Inspired by burial sites found along the historic Silk Road from China to the Mediterranean, Pheobus Mumtaz’s ‘Travelers’ are larger-than-life sized paintings on watermarked handmade paper and hand-woven silk. On a more intimate scale, Pheobus Mumtaz also employs traditional miniature painting techniques, as seen in her suite of 11 works depicting prayer beads meticulously inscribed in 24-karat illuminator’s gold, on burnished indigo paper. Oscillating between absence and presence, eternal and ephemeral, the exhibition traverses through sanctity and myth.

Alyssa Pheobus Mumtaz’s Ghosts of the Great Highway is on display until October 11, 2014 at Tracy Williams, Ltd., 521 West 23 Street, New York, NY 10011