Medium: 2 panels 5′ x 5′ each.
Panel 1: Acrylic on canvas.
Panel 2: Karakul skin stretched on board.
The tiger, symbol in south Asia frequently employed for its associations with power, appears floating on a vast canvas—at once central in its position. The painting executed meticulously but also miniaturized by it’s surrounding large blank canvas is encompassed by an ornate, gilded frame patterned with crossing swords; alluding to power and affluence, much seen in the middle east. Situated adjacent to the canvas, the panel covered in karakul monumentalizes the highly valued sheepskin which was popularized by Pakistan’s founding father, Jinnah, and appropriated by subsequent Pakistani and other south Asian leaders as an icon of power and authority. The disparate materials form a tableau; examining plays of power and influence traced through the past to contemporary Pakistani society.