Influenced by her upbringing in Iran and guided by her interests in the temporary nature of experience and the struggle to find identity, Hadieh Shafie explores these themes in her art by placing importance on process, repetition, and time. Taking its title from the number of strips of paper used to complete the work, 27989 is a brilliant, early example of Shafie’s compositions constructed of hand-painted paper inscribed with Farsi and coiled into miniature spools. When rolled, the hand-painted edges of the scrolls become vibrantly colored concentric circles, which Shafie lays compactly within a square frame.
Each spool contains the word “eshgh” or “love,” as well as hidden text within the scroll that aims to recall the Iranian government’s actions of banning certain texts during the Revolution. Books were still traded and transported on the black market, often scrolled into the lining of containers and hidden away, just as the text in Shafie’s miniature paper scrolls.
Hadieh Shafie received an MFA in Painting from Pratt Institute (1999) as well as an MFA in Imaging and Digital Arts from University of Maryland, Baltimore. Hadieh Shafie's work is included a number of public collections including, The Metropolitan Museum of Art (NY), The Victoria and Albert Museum (UK), The British Museum (UK), The Farjam Collection (UAE), and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (CA).
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