• BIOGRAPHY

    Zehra Khan is a multi-disciplinary artist based out of Provincetown, MA. When she's not drawing, she may be making sculptures, costumes, masks, installations, performances or films.

    Process is key, and Khan favors low-tech materials and practices. With simple paper constructions and ritualized body painting, she transmutes the human to the animal. In films, collage, and prints, the transformed protagonists cavort and play with cathartic freedom.

    A Pakistani-American born in Indonesia, Zehra lived in France and Switzerland before moving to the United States for high school. She attended Skidmore College and received a Master of Fine Arts from the Massachusetts College of Art & Design at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown in 2009.
    Zehra is current participant in the NYC Drawing Center Viewing Program and the deCordova Museum’s Corporate Lending Program. She has attended art residencies at Yaddo, I-Park, the Vermont Studio Center, the Contemporary Artists Center and ArtLab at the Mountain Lake Biological Station. In 2012 she was artist-in-residence for the Cape Cod National Seashore C-Scape Dune Shack and was awarded a Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship in Drawing. She co-authored a children’s book, “A Sunny Day for Flowers”, published by Soberscove Press in 2013.



    ARTIST STATEMENT

    I transform my friends and myself into animals, painting directly on skin. This initiates a more social and collaborative art practice, and by painting on bodies I participate in acts of intimacy which are in themselves performances of social engagement. My painted volunteers become animal characters activating their environment, fictions drawn to understand natural, human behavior. Much like a kid building a fort out of pillows, it is the process of construction where I gather joy. The creation of this work spills into my real life, involving my friends, travel, playing, reacting, and assessing.

    The animal character is placed within an environment/installation; a complete painted background on paper or sheets, or sometimes a recognizable reality of beds, nightstands, and beer collides with drawn elements. This environment plays with two-dimensional drawings crafted into three-dimensional scenarios - like old theater scenery of cutout waves moving against one another to simulate the movement of the ocean. I change the scale, proportions and relationships of the viewer within the space with these low-fi illusions.

    The final product of this act is a photograph or film in which the viewer glimpses the surreal high jinks of a human disguised as a giant rat. Showing the photograph alongside the actual installation or filmed performance reveals more of the illusion and the process.


    Zehra Khan: Local Artist Profile, Provincetown TV interview, 2015

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    EDUCATION

    MFA, Massachusetts College of Art & Design at the Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, MA, 2009

    BS, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY, 2004


    SOLO EXHIBITIONS

    ArtSTRAND Gallery, Provincetown, MA. Provincetown Venus, 2015

    Cutrona Studios, Mashpee, MA. The Big Reveal, in collaboration with Tim Winn, 2013

    ArtCurrent Gallery, Provincetown, MA. Flock of Seagulls, in collaboration with Tim Winn, 2013

    ArtSTRAND Gallery, Provincetown, MA. Dune Shack, in collaboration with Tim Winn, 2012

    Berkshire Community College, Pittsfield, MA. Animal Practice, 2013

    ArtCurrent, Provincetown, MA. The Buffalo Warns the Whales, in collaboration with Tim Winn, 2012

    Cape Cod Community College, Barnstable, MA. Pandas vs. Skunks: A Civil War Story, in collaboration with Tim Winn, 2012

    University of Massachusetts Lowell, Lowell, MA. The Weasel Problem, in collaboration with Tim Winn,2011

    University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst, MA. The Pawn Shop – Fox Proprietors, in collaboration with Tim Winn, 2011

    Worcester State University, Worcester, MA. Sweetheart of All My Dreams, in collaboration with Tim Winn,, 2010

    FlatBreadAffair, Brooklyn, NY. Beastly Habits. 2010



    SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

    AMP Gallery, Provincetown, MA. Gross, Roth, Schnee, Beard, Khan & Cappotto, 2016

    Castle Hill Center for the Arts, Truro, MA. Flora and Fauna, 2016

    Provincetown Art Association & Museum, Provincetown, MA. COLOR AID, 2016

    Zion Union Museum, Barnstable, MA. A Show of Contemporary Political Concerns, 2016

    University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA. Primates and Friends, 2016

    Room 83 Spring Gallery, Watertown, MA. Animal Animist, 2015

    Cape Cod Museum of Art, Dennis, MA. Lost Cat, 2015

    Colby-Sawyer College, New London, NH. Working Women: 36 Contemporary Women Artists, 2015

    Appearances Eco Arts Festival, Provincetown, MA. Right Whale, in collaboration with Tim Winn, 2014

    Phillips Academy, Andover, MA. What Artists Study, in collaboration with Tim Winn, 2014

    Cape Cod Museum of Art, Dennis, MA. All About SEVEN, 2014

    SPACEWOMb Gallery, NYC, NY. Affordable Art, 2013

    Chazan Gallery – The Wheeler School, Providence, RI. New Impossibilities, in collaboration with Tim Winn, 2013

    Montgomery College, Rockville, MD. Drawing on the Past and Present, in collaboration with Tim Winn, 2013

    Herring Cove Bathhouse, Provincetown, MA. 10 Days That Shook The World, in collaboration with Tim Winn, 2012

    Spattered Columns, NYC, NY. Deconstructing the Habit, in collaboration with Tim Winn, 2012

    Galatea Fine Art, Boston, MA. Collective, Juror – Dina Deitsch, 2010

    Boston Children’s Museum, Boston, MA, The Yellow Show, 2010



    ARTIST RESIDENCIES

    I-Park, East Haddam, CT, Nov 2016

    Mountain Lake Biological Station, Pembroke, VA. Invited by nominated, June 2015

    Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT, Feb 2015

    Yaddo, Saratoga Springs, NY, in collaboration with Tim Winn, Nov 2013

    Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT. Joan Mitchell Foundation fellowship, Nov 2012

    Cape Cod National Seashore: C-Scape Dune Shack, Provincetown, MA, in collaboration with Tim Winn, June 2012

    Cape Cod Community College, Barnstable, MA, in collaboration with Tim Winn, Jan 2012

    Gallery Ehva, Provincetown, MA, in collaboration with Tim Winn, March 2011

    Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT, Aug 2010

    Contemporary Artist Center, Troy, NY, March 2010



    ARTIST REGISTRIES/PROGRAMS

    DeCordova Museum Corporate Lending Program, Lincoln, MA, 2011-now

    Drawing Center Viewing Program, NYC, NY, 2010-now

    Swim for Life logo design, Provincetown, MA, 2015



    AWARDS

    Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship in Drawing, 2012



    PUBLICATIONS

    A Sunny Day for Flowers, Zehra Khan & Tim Winn, 16-page baby book, Soberscove Press; Chicago, IL, 2013

    Pawn Shop: The Catalog, Zehra Khan & Tim Winn, 20-page exhibition catalog, Blurb, 2011



    SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY

    Joanne Briana-Gartner, “Falmouth Artists Co-Curate Dennis Show”, The Enterprise Cape Cod, Dec 18, 2015.

    James Reed, “Week ahead: Music, theater, art and more”, Boston Globe, Dec 2 2015.

    Susan Rand Brown, "Zehra Khan's voyage of discovery in Provincetown", Provincetown Banner, Aug 7 2015.

    Megan Hinton, “Creature Comforts: Zehra Khan”, Provincetown Arts Magazine, 2015.

    Rebecca M. Alvin, “REVIEW: A Sunny Day for Flowers”, Provincetown Magazine, July 31- Aug 6, 2014.

    Jan Lhormer, “Cape Cod: An Evolving Mecca”, Art New England, July/Aug 2014.

    Andre van der Wende, “’Big Reveal’ showcases duo’s wit, imagination”, Cape Cod Times, April 18 2013.

    Greg Cook, “These 10 Exhibits Will Open Your Eyes”, The Providence Phoenix, Dec 26 2012.

    David LaGaccia, “A Night of Performance Art Brings Soho Back to Its Roots”, Hyperallergic, July 11 2012.

    Elise Hugus, “Pandas vs. Skunks: Zehra Khan and Tim Winn”, InsideOUT Cape Cod, Feb 22 2012.

    “Pick of the Week: ‘Pandas vs. Skunks: A Civil War Story”, Cape Cod Times, Feb 9 2012.

    Lucy Casale, “Hampden Gallery in Amherst”, Daily Hampshire Gazette, Sep 8 2011.

    J. Fatima Martins, “Sweetheart of All My Dreams”, Worcester Magazine, Dec 2010.

    Nell Alk, “A Grassroots Gallery Grows in Brooklyn”, NBC NiteSide, Nov 2010.



    FILM INTERVIEWS

    “Zehra Khan: Local Artist Profile”, Provincetown Television, 2015

    “Multi-Media World Workshop”, Provincetown Art Association & Museum, 2014

    “Artist Zehra Khan on Ferry Dock to P-town”, The Stephen Holt Show, 2012