image: The Golden Culprit, acrylic paint on hot glue, 24 x 23”, double-sided, 2019

"In a contemporary context Zehra’s work defies traditional notions of art making through the materiality of her work, hot glue, remnants of previous works, bed sheets, cardboard, etc. She places painting and sculpture in an expanded field, pushing beyond the expected conventions of art making. Also certain patterns, designs, and compositions made from such diverse and informal material harken to her Pakistani roots.

Her hybrid practice ties into a multicultural and international experience as a 21st century artist using such material to overhaul pattern design, “women’s work", and crafting culture for example. Ultimately the work is transformative, a new way of making in response to observing culture and the world."

- Megan Hinton, artist and curator