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|Although Shafie works in a variety of media, the fundamental aspects of process, repetition and time appear throughout her work. To create her scroll pieces, Shafie marks strips of paper with Farsi text and rolls them in concentric circles. Elsewhere she repeats the Farsi word for love, “eshghe”, to create diverse aesthetic results.
A constant element of my work has been the significance of process, repetition and time. In works comprised of paper scrolls, individual strips of paper have been marked with hand-written and printed Farsi (Persian language) text. Each strip is then tightly rolled to create a core, around which successive strips are added. During the repetitive process of adding paper strips to create individual rolls, text and symbols are sometimes revealed and often hidden within the concentric rings of the finished object. The time it takes to make each work can vary and the time spent in writing and rolling the strips of paper is an important part of the artistic process and a performative aspect of the making of this work. The title of each piece documents the number of individual strips of paper that complete the work or the number of times the word is written.
"The scroll paintings are a case in point: peering at them up close, the bits of phrases peeking out along the trunks, or half-submerged in inky dyes, convey not so much transcendence as someone else’s search for it, the visual remainders of an interiority we’ll never grasp. For all their preoccupation with the divine, these works underscore most strongly the stakes of being human and the boundaries that seal us off from one another." Emily Warner, The Brooklyn Rail
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