Azza Zein

PhD Economics
MFA Fine Arts  


I acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land on which I work, and live, the Boonwurung, and Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation. I pay my respects to their Elders, past, present and emerging.

Residual Lines (2018)
Seventh Gallery, Melbourne 

Photo Credit: Matthew Stanton

Residual Lines documents the linear traces of invisible domestic labour in precarious materials like a dryer’s lint, and juxtaposes it to lines in wood, and the gestural marks in painting. The dryer’s lint, a useless excess, reflects the work of human caring, the artifice of the machine, and its environmental impact. By combining remains of painting palette and the dryer’s lint, the work creates parallels between the invisible domestic labour and the artistic process in relation to materials and the passage of time.