To descend (In memory of water) 3, 2018, Rügen-Kreide auf Pigmentdruck auf Baumwollpapier, 90,5 cm × 71 cm
Shoufay Derz is an interdisciplinary artist who is concerned with the limits and possibilities of language and the ambiguities faced when attempting to visually articulate the edges of the known. Just as the writer uses words to express ‘what cannot be said’, her work engages the intersections between known and unknown worlds. Deeply engaged with the poetry her projects contemplate the voids of history and also the uncertainties of future landscapes by connecting the silences in language with holes in social, structural and geological landscapes. The resultant, elegiac artworks are simultaneously a lament on the transience of life and a celebration of its mystery.
Recent experiments have played with tactics of intuition, improvisation and humour to create stories that address questions of family, exclusion and collectivity.