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January 1, 2008

Playing with Fire

Fawzia Khan
Safe
Aluminum, bronze, barbed wire

This piece grabbed my attention initially by the way it was displayed. I saw from a distance three metal, sharp objects hanging down. I thought them to be just coiled, metal balls hanging from the ceiling; but with a closer look I noticed that they were birds’ nests. Within the nests I saw the presence of birds, which gives the somewhat harsh piece a more calming feeling. The title of the piece explains it all, it is perfect for the piece. The birds within these sharp barbed wired nests do indeed look safe. I really enjoyed how the three nests have been hung from the ceiling, rather than being displayed on a stand. It adds so much more relevance to it.