“Abstraction opened the possibility of unfettered invention,” Hadid said in her Pritzker [Prize] address. When I asked her to explain how, she said that abstraction gave her a way to study how lines intersect. When she drew, she said, “I wanted to capture a line, and the way a line changes and distorts when you try to follow it through a building, as it passes through regions of light and shadow. You know when you look through a building from a window on the outside, and the line you are following is distorted by the space? That was what I was trying to see with my paintings and my whooshings.”
Realism or abstraction?