Zarah Hussain works at the intersection of science and spirituality, combining contemporary digital art with rigorous training in traditional hand-drawn Islamic geometry. Her work encompasses infinitely looping animations made with code, interactive apps, painting and sculpture.
Her most recent project, Numina,was a large scale sculpture with a digitally animated surface. Commissioned by the Barbican for their foyer spaces programme in 2016, Numina combined designs found in the art of the Islamic world with contemporary digital arts by mapping animated geometric patterns onto a pyramidal wall sculpture set in a hexagonal grid.
At the Islamic Art Festival in the Sharjah Museum in 2015/16, Hussain presented Sharjah Spectrum. This was an large scale installation with digital animations on 3 walls that viewers could interact with using mobile phones.She also projected her animated geometry over the exterior of the William Morris gallery in 2015. Entitled Magic Carpet, this same animation provided background visuals for the Transcender music festival at the Barbican.
Symmetry in Sculpture, Hussain's solo show at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery was extended twice in 2014 due to popular demand and numerous exhibitions of her painted work have received much critical acclaim.
Hussain has completed several Public Art Commissions, including a room in the new Royal London Hospital and an outdoor shutter project in Barking and Dagenham funded by the Mayor of London’s outer London Fund.