Soraya Sharghi

  • Ámadāi Acrylic on Canvas 65’x71’ 2015
  • Mize Ax (Family Table) (Installation) Ink on Paper 6’.4’ each 2015
  • grotesque Water Color on Paper 6'x3' 2015
  • Self-portrait Acrylic on Wood 45’x33’ 2015
  • Queen of Flowers Acrylic on Canvas 24” x 24” 2014
  • Hybrid Acrylic on Canvas 40’X62’ 2014
  • The Roots and The Ax Acrylic on Canvas 23” x 23” 2012
  • The Roots and The Ax-2 Acrylic on Canvas 23” x 23” 2012
  • Transmogrification Acrylic on Canvas 55” x 67” 2013
  • Flowers and Bullets Acrylic on Canvas 60” x 118” 2012

Restrictions imposed by the religious society I grew up in simultaneously limited and expanded my creativity. As a post-colonial Middle Eastern artist struggling with the dominance orientalist imagery in a globalized world, I confront this issue through religion, politics, gender and/or hybridity. I challenge the simplicity of these stereotypes by personalizing and historicizing them. My art raises questions concerning different pictures of the East and representations of orientalism. The iconography of my work is focused on the intersections of reality and fantasy while its major conceptual concern has been by far the formation of my identity- I draw myself as cartoon like characters, stemming from my childhood, when first I learned how to draw a girl from my mother through calligraphy. Using these images I create aggressive, “cute” characters that explore the tension I feel between religious and my understanding of the stereotypes associated with my culture. In my art practice, I am playing with these two realities through humor. The world I create gives me the power to comment on otherness.

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    • 86 Jennings Court
    • San Francisco CA 94124
    • 510-331-0219

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