Say My Name
Dimensions: 36.5 x 24.5” each
Say My Name is Ambreen Butt’s series addressing the problems of violence throughout the world. In her exhibition at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Ambreen includes mandala-like imagery including tiny collaged names of drone attack victims in Pakistan. In this work, her newest lithograph in the Say my Name Series, Ambreen writes the names of victims of Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting, in both Arabic and English. The blood-red deer, hunter, and mosquito imagery alludes to the age-old problem of violence.
Originally from Pakistan, Ambreen Butt is an extremely important artist in the world of contemporary art. Trained as a miniature painter, she rose to fame for her intricately painted miniatures in which she changed all the main characters from men to women. International curators began contacting Ambreen to show her works in museums. Ambreen has has solo exhibitions in the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the Dallas Contemporary, and the National Museum of Women in the Arts.
With her dollar bill works, Ambreen explores the concept of value. She uses tiny bits of shredded money to create collages of the actual bills that were shredded. Ambreen contends that “Money has no value, especially when it has been retired and shredded. However, it gains much more value than it had before, when I create “dollars” from my labor of love of creating artwork out of it.”