"Toba Khedoori’s works depict objects and everyday environments divorced from any background. Whether drawing and painting onto thin sheets of paper and stapling these directly onto the wall, or using canvas as physical support, her delicately shaded, often large-scale compositions are poised between ephemerality and monumentality. Doors and windows, chairs and stairs, fences and bricks, train compartments and fireplaces appear at once familiar and unrecognizable, and their “neither-here-nor-there” presence seems to become a space for meditation." - DAVID ZWIRNER
THE DECISION TO REMOVE SPACES AND DETAILS CREATES A DEGREE OF MYSTERY TO THE IMAGES, WHILST CREATING A STUNNINGLY MINIMALIST AESTHETIC.
KHEDOORI IS ABLE TO SAY MORE ABOUT HER IDEAS AND MAIN TOPIC OF INTEREST BY REDUCING THE INFORMATION SHE CHOOSES TO RELEASE THROUGH THE IMAGE.
OVERALL, THE DECISION TO REMOVE BACKGROUND AND CONTEXT, DESPITE MAKING THE IMAGES MORE AMBIGUOUS, GIVES THE REMAINING SUBJECTS GREATER IMPORTANCE.
"Toba Khedoori depicts urban spaces with a beauty and beguiling simplicity that are instantly seductive. Delicate outlines in soft ink are given shape with pastel-coloured hues, rendering a range of recognisable architectural surfaces with intimate precision. Yet her paintings are pervaded by a disturbing sense of alienation: looming large are mute architectural fragments, such as rows of windows in a façade, a corridor lined with closed doors, or bricks in a dislocated wall. These features hover in an undefined space, that of the huge expanse of paper on which they are painted. "