Art And Culture

London Gallery Showing Works of Iranian-American Artist

A view of the exhibitA view of the exhibit

Sofia Contemporary Gallery in London is hosting the first solo exhibition of artworks by Iranian-American artist Afruz Amiqi.

The exhibition features nine sculptures made from a combination of steel, chain and mesh illuminated by light, along with eight drawings, the gallery’s website wrote.

Amiqi’s works explore ideas of femininity through a series of female archetypes in history as well as the artist’s personal experience.

Her delicate abstract sculptures refer to a diverse array of architectural sources: the meandering arabesques of Islamic mosques, the angular shapes of Gothic churches, the ornamentations of Manhattan Art Deco buildings and the urban landscape of Brooklyn, among others.

In her new body of work, by acquiring new skills in welding and using common materials such as chains, steel and mesh, Amiqi has had the chance to weld any size and shape with her hands, thereby expanding the conceptual and aesthetic boundaries of her artistic practice.

Amiqi, 43, is a sculptor and installation artist. Raised in New York by Iranian parents, she completed her bachelor degree in political science at Barnard College at Columbia University before going on to complete her master’s degree at New York University.

She was the inaugural recipient of the Jameel Prize for Middle Eastern Contemporary Art awarded by the Victoria & Albert Museum in London in 2009. In 2011, she was granted a fellowship in sculpture by the New York Foundation for the Arts.

The exhibition will remain open through January 19.



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