Hadieh Shafie

Tehran, Iran | 1969

Intricate designs crafted with dyed paper are characteristic to the work of Hadieh Shafie. From a distance, her canvases resemble spherical topographies, comprised of a multitude of coloured circles or spirals. On closer inspection, the medium Shafie employs- small paper scrolls, individually rolled and purposefully placed next to one another- becomes apparent. Yet, the underlying message of her work is concealed, undisclosed to the curious spectator. Derived from Shafie’s memories of censorship of literature that ensued during the aftermath of the Iranian revolution, each scroll contains personal statements or private sayings, carefully and repeatedly written over the paper and then rolled into a tight coil.


20900 Pages

121.9 x 121.9 x 8.9 cm | Ink, acrylic and paper with printed and hand written text in Farsi that reads ‘eshgh’ (passion)

Shafie immigrated to the United States in 1983. She holds a BA in Painting from the University of Maryland (1993) and an MFA in painting from Pratt institute (1999). She also holds an MFA in Imaging and Digital Art from the University of Maryland (2004). She currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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