To make this print titled Cage, Zarina repurposed leftover wood scraps. Rather than carve into the wood to add her own marks, she assembled the pieces into a collaged matrix that could be inked and printed directly. As a result, she reveals the intrinsic beauty in her found materials.
Cage—along with other unconventional prints from the collection—is on view now in Nothing Is So Humble: Prints from Everyday Objects.
Zarina, Cage, 1970. Relief collagraph: sheet, 30 1/4 × 22 1/16 in. (76.8 × 56 cm); image, 19 × 19 5/8 in. (48.3 × 49.8 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase with funds from the Print Committee 2011.9. © 1970, Zarina Hashmi; courtesy of the artist and Luhring Augustine, New York