Hormazd Narielwalla works across a number of artistic disciplines including printmaking, sculpture and artist’s books but he is best known for his intricate paper collages and assemblages, which are originated on the surfaces of antique, vintage and bespoke tailoring patterns.
Viewing the utilitarian, graphic templates as ‘beautiful abstractions of the human body, that carry with them not only an outline of a garment but also a representation of the individual that wore it’, he re-interprets the long-discarded patterns, overlaying their delicate geometries with forms of his own, to express ideas about identity, memory, migration and diaspora.
Diamond Dolls is a limited-edition artist’s book that celebrates the iconic figure of David Bowie. As John O’Connell writes in the book’s introduction Bowie was ‘fascinated by the relationship between artifice and authenticity’. Conceived as a sculptural object in three parts, the book is the artist’s ninth in a series of award- winning publications. A collaboration between Narielwalla, Concentric Editions and EMH Arts.