MAPPAMUNDI, 2004, GULAMMOHAMMED SHEIKH (B.1937), WOOL, COTTON 3.03 X 3.60 M, VICTORIAN TAPESTRY WORKSHOP (WEAVERS CHERYL THORNTON, CAROLINE TULLY, RACHEL HINE AND AMY CORNALL). COLLECTION: UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE – TAASA Review December 2019
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The Ebstorf map, a wall hanging, had a sorry history after re-surfacing c1830 in a convent in Ebstorf in northwest Germany.
First, it had a section cut out; then it was incorrectly re-backed resulting in pigment loss; dismembered as part of an 1888 photographic campaign, and finally destroyed during the Allied bombing of Hanover on 8-9 October 1943 (Kupfer in Sambrani 2019: 279). Beginning in 2002-03, Sheikh developed his Mappamundi Suite using digital technology that allowed him to manipulate and aggregate images, both his own and borrowed , `…placing ostensibly incompatible images side by side to create a final work that highlights its parts as much as the whole, emphasizing the harmony of differences’ (Parsons in Sambrani 2019: 273). The Mappamundi Suite comprises 14 works on paper, each digital collage modified by Sheikh by over-painting with brush and gouache.
Mappamundi 3: Marichika [Mirage] served as the cartoon for the Mappamundi tapestry, as part of Sheikh’s collaboration in Melbourne in 2003 with the Australia-India Council, Asialink and the Victorian Tapestry Workshop...