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Maker(s):Butt, Ambreen
Culture:Pakistani, active in United States (1969- )
Title:Untitled from 'Daughters of the East' series
Date Made:2008
Materials:six plate color etching, aquatint, and spit-bite aquatint with chine collé; edition 21/30
Measurements:Sheet: 25 in x 19 in; 63.5 cm x 48.3 cm; Plate: 18 in x 12 7/8 in; 45.7 cm x 32.7 cm
Accession Number:  AC 2011.14
Credit Line:Purchase, Trinkett Clark Memorial Student Acquisition Fund
Museum Collection:  Mead Art Museum at Amherst College

Label Text:
Following the events of September 11, 2001, Butt's art (already influenced by her identity as a Pakistani Muslim) became increasingly personal. The series Daughters of the East continues a recurring theme, in which Butt re-defines women's present-day roles and celebrates their courage, strength, and heroism. Created in the wake of the 2007 assassination of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, a sense of struggle and anguish permeates the fragile designs.

In Untitled, Butt used a succession of printing plates to create an intricate, layered pattern of pistols that seem to gain momentum and begin to move across the background. In the center, a woman kneels and bends, her burqa coalescing into a flying dragon, perhaps a symbol of her strength of character in the face of danger and violence.

Written by Siyu Shen, Class of 2015

women; dragons; burkas; patterns; symbolism; ancestors; generations

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