Plastic bag sculptures by Khalil Chishtee

Khalil Chishtee constructs life-size plastic bag sculptures. Much of his figurative work is evocative of movement and fluidity, and indeed, some of his work is sculpted in such a way as to be constantly moving.

Admittedly charmed by the vastness of the plastic bag medium, Chishtee enjoys the way it respectfully responds to his deepest emotions.

Khalil Chishtee constructs life-size plastic bag sculptures. Much of his figurative work is evocative of movement and fluidity.

Khalil Chishtee constructs life-size plastic bag sculptures. Much of his figurative work is evocative of movement and fluidity.

Khalil Chishtee constructs life-size plastic bag sculptures. Much of his figurative work is evocative of movement and fluidity.

“We live in the age of plastic, and plastic bags are the most ordinary form of this material. It goes back to the Sufi approach of my upbringing where worth does not depend on what you inherit, it depends on who you are. Anything made out of bronze, wood, stone or painted on a canvas carries the appearance of being worth looking at, because of its history, but if one can change the impact of that history, one is an artist.”

Originally from Pakistan, Chishtee now resides in New York.

Khalil Chishtee constructs life-size plastic bag sculptures. Much of his figurative work is evocative of movement and fluidity.

Khalil Chishtee says about his works: “In art, one has to be the voice of one’s own time, not an echo of another era. We live in the age of plastic, and plastic bags are the most ordinary form of this material. It goes back to the Sufi approach of my upbringing where worth does not depend on what you inherit, it depends on who you are. Anything made out of bronze, wood, stone or painted on a canvas carries the appearance of being worth looking at, because of its history, but if one can change the impact of that history, one is an artist.”

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