Adeela Suleman | After All It's Always Somebody Else Who Dies...
"Most of the seven sculptures by Adeela Suleman recently on view at Aicon Gallery (all works 2010) may be called reliefs. Crafted from hammered steel, the works rises slightly from the gallery walls, appearing abstract as they glisten with intricate detail. They are, in fact, elaboratley figurative: Birds, often flanking large plants, ornamentally proliferate, as do vases, drapery, and crowns. Suleman is Pakistani, and acknowledges that her art is about Pakistan, a nuclear state plagued by suicide bombers. But her work,with its traditional cultural imagery celebrating life, ironically disguising contemporary barbarism,also speaks to the violence that threatens life and civil society everywhere."