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date: 24 August 2019

Khedoori, Tobalocked

(b Sydney, 1964).
  • Anne Kirker

Extract

(b Sydney, 1964).

Australian draughtswoman, active in the USA. Of Iraqi descent, Khedoori was born and raised in Australia, going on to study at the San Francisco Art Institute where she was awarded a BFA in 1988, and then studying at the University of California, Los Angeles, where she received an MFA in 1994. At a time when installation art and electronic media attracted many artists of her generation, Khedoori chose the medium of drawing as her preferred practice, tapping into the tactile, handcrafted realm of mark-making on paper. She worked on huge sheets of paper coated with transparent wax, creating unframed works that appear to float from the wall. Often two or three sheets are abutted to spread to 3.5×6 m or wider. A constant of these lineally inscribed, pared-back drawings is their iconography of wire-mesh pens, empty houses and streets, vacant overpasses and bridges, doors and seats. Only sometimes (and more often in her 21st-century works), did she refer to nature—such as using an abstract sweep of bars to indicate rain or a lightly rendered topographical view....

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