‘SOME OF THE THINGS PAT OWNS’ by Rabiya Choudhry

A VERY OLD CAT
SEVERAL STAFFORDSHIRE WARE FIGURES
A CAST IRON BLACK MAN WHO PUTS COINS IN HIS MOUTH
AN EXERCISE BIKE CURRENTLY PAYING HOMAGE TO FRIDA KAHLO A LARGE ANAMORPHIC SCULPTURE OF A MOTORBIKE / INSECT
A LARGE SCULPTURE OF A PROTEST IN THE HALLWAY
MANY LARGE WELDED METAL BIRDS
A NEWLY BOUGHT PAINTING OF A GUY SHE THINKS LOOKS LIKE JOHN BYRNE
A TWO FACED PAINTBRUSH MADE OUT OF CLAY
A MOON IN THE SITTING ROOM SANDWICHED BETWEEN CERAMIC COWS
A PELICAN IN LANDING UPSTAIRS
A LEATHER HIPPO/ RUBBER FROG / SWIMMING TOY GIRL IN THE BATHROOM
A FEMALE DUMMY DRESSED UP IN HER BEDROOM
A PUPPET OF THE MIKHAIL GORBACHEV
A HUGE HANDPAINTED LION FROM INDIA
A DOG MADE FROM SCRAP METAL HOLDING THE GUARDIAN GUIDE
ANOTHER SMALLER LION USED AS A MINI TABLE
A ONE EYED CERAMIC LION
A PAINTING OF A WITCH
A PAINTING OF AN ASIAN WOMAN
A PAINTING OF A CAT DRESSED UP IN MILITARY GEAR PLAYING THE BAGPIPES
A LARGE MOVEABLE CHILDS PAINTING OF A SMALL ASIAN BOY
A BOTTLE OF SOME RIDICULOUSLY EXPENSIVE WHISKY WE HAVE NEVER TO
DRINK BUT TO SELL TO PAY FOR HER FUNERAL
A LARGE WOODEN PIG SHE KEEPS THE TELLY ON
MANY CAMEL SADDLE BAGS
AN ATTIC SOMETIMES FULL OF DEAD WASPS
A RUBBER ALLIGATOR ON THE LAWN
A LARGE DANGLING SPIDER ABOVE THE PASSENGER SIDE OF HER CAR

“Pat is my partner’s mother. I have known her fifteen years, and she is like a second mother to me. She is a great source of inspiration. I admire her wit, her individuality and her independence. She just turned seventy, but has now decided to change her age to whatever she feels like. She is very funny, very charming and very well known around the Glasgow cultural scene.”


Rabiya Choudhry is a visual artist who was born in Glasgow in 1982 to a Pakistani immigrant and a white mother. Her work explores the themes of diaspora and cultural displacement. She makes paintings – from large scale canvases, miniatures to murals, small painted sculptures to text based artworks. She explores the complicated coupling of eastern and western cultures, in richly vibrant portrayals of the different autobiographical factors present in her life.

Rabiya’s influences are a varied hybrid of styles — ranging from psychedelic art, Persian miniatures, comic book art, voodoo and folk art, b-movie film posters and political cartoons. She often uses humour in her work, as she finds it a powerful tool in addressing topics which are complex. She is both east and west, and the product of displacement. She makes work to get a greater sense of her hybridity, and the history and cultures that she was born from and now part of.

Rabiya has exhibited both nationally and internationally, and is currently producing a local commission for the Tramway.


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