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For her debut solo exhibition in New York\, Iranian artist G
olnaz Fathi—who divides her time between Tehran and Paris—presents recent w
orks on canvas that draw on her long practice of traditional Iranian callig
Fathi works in fine pen\, mostly on varnished raw\, rec tangular\, polyptych canvases\, in a limited palette of white\, black\, red and yellow. She layers the surface of the canvas with thousands of minute marks that echo the curvilinear forms of calligraphic letters and words. Th ese intricate lines coalesce into minimalist compositions that can be read in multiple ways—as landscapes\, electronic transmissions or atmospheric ph enomena. She refrains from titling her works\, which allows the viewer free reign to assign his or her own interpretation.
The basis of Fathi’s practice is siah-mashq\, a traditional exercise in which the calligrapher writes large\, cursive letters across the page in a dense\, s emi-abstract formation. The letters aren’t meant to form words or convey me aning\, but rather strengthen the skill of the scribe. Fathi reinterprets t his technique\, drawing inspiration from various Western and Eastern source s\, including American Abstract Expressionism\, as well as the work of Iran ian and Middle Eastern modernists who pioneered the use of the written word as a pictorial element in the late 1950s and early 1960s. By skillfully co mbining these various elements\, she has created a unique visual language w ith universal appeal.
Born in Tehran in 1972\, Fathi studied and mastered classical calligraphy at Azad University and the Iranian Socie ty of Calligraphy\, where she practiced writing the Arabic alphabet for up to eight hours a day for six years. In 2012 she was granted a residence per mit in France\, where she now spends half the year.
Golnaz Fat hi has works in the collections of the British Museum\, London\; Chelsea Ar t Museum\, New York\; Brighton &\; Hove Museum\, England\; Carnegie Mell on University\, Doha\; the Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia\, Kuala Lumpur\; th e Asian Civilisations Museum\, Singapore\; and The Farjam Collection\, Duba i.