Jali, (Hindi: meaning “net”) are decorative carved marble screens, seen in Mughal and Islamic Architecture. They provide privacy, light and ventilation to internal spaces. Whilst in Rajasthan, Tangney found the screens to be overflowing with symbolism and metaphor.
Jali diffuse light, cast geometric shadows and filter information from the outside world. Tangney utilizes these facets in the production of her art, filtering the environment of Rajasthan into abstract paintings that are either minimal and reflective, or boldly expressive.
The result of this process of investigation is a collection of canvases at various levels of the sublime.
Rachel Schulze, 2002
Catalogue excerpt: Jali, Fremantle Arts Centre
(right) Jali – White Palace, 2002
permaset ink + oil on canvas, 200 x 145 cm