A time-lapse video of artist Ambreen Butt’s installation of her work “I Am My Lost Diamond” (2011) at Carroll and Sons gallery, which is comprised of 25,000 to 30,000 life-size casts of portions of toes, fingers, and feet.
I wrote about “I Am My Lost Diamond” in the November/December issue of Art New England:
It’s the largest, most imposing piece in the show, but is less political than the other works in the show. Its anatomical representations hint…
at the value of a lost body part. Butt was compelled to create the work (which travels to Tufts University in January as part of Realms of Intimacy: Miniaturist Practice from Pakistan), after a friend narrowly escaped a deadly suicide bombing in Butt’s hometown of Lahore. Close up the work is morbid, but from afar it resembles a delicate pattern of rose petals in three hues from pink to red.