A relentless reconciliation of the past with the present consumes the work of Tehniyet Masood. A shifting landscape of architectural forms, traversing the terrain from her hometown of Karachi to New York and Chicago, produces the central imagery of Masood's work. Painting on a variety of surfaces, including wood, plexi glass, silk, unstretched canvas and simple brown paper, Masood employs heavy layers of oil paint, tar and wood finish to endow these delicate surfaces with an enormous sense of depth and weight. Being painted from memory, the architectural shapes become less rigid and take on an aged quality that is expressed in deep, sensual tones of blues, greens and browns. The visual themes of Masood's work incessantly repeat in an effort to relocate memories from her past, while simultaneously discovering the pictorial possibilities inspired by the present. There is a sense of repeating themes, like journal entries that record moment
Tehniyet Masood was born in Karachi, Pakistan in 1979 and moved to the United States in 1998. In 2006 she received her Post Baccalaureate in Painting at The School of The Art Institute of Chicago, prior to which she studied painting and sculpture at Bennington College where she received her BA.
Masood works at Robert A.M Stern Architects in New York city where she builds architectural models.