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Anselm Chapel, Tokyo, 2016

Acrylic on vintage textile, 157 × 238 cm

Part of a series of textile paintings inspired by the noted Czech-American architect Antonin Raymond’s projects in India and Japan, with Anselm Chapel, Tokyo the artist takes viewers on a thought-provoking journey that examines transcultural influences and the intersections between Eastern and Western schools of art, architecture, and philosophy. Playing with the concepts of light and shade, positive and negative, Dawood examines the relationship between Raymond’s incorporation of Japanese and Indian ideals into his work as an architect, as well as the discourse around negation in the Kyoto school of philosophy and its reconfiguring of a more positivist Kantian formulation.