Farah Ossouli: Ars Poetica
Located at the Orbit 1 Gallery, second floor Robeson Campus Center. Refer to the Main Gallery on the first floor for directions or a map.
In her work, Iranian-born artist Farah Ossouli weaves elements of traditional Persian miniatures with new features, including contemporary Farsi poetry, painted motifs, Tazhib (decorative arts and book illuminations) designs with weapons, and references to famous images by artists such as Frida Kahlo and Francisco Goya. Ossouli’s paintings highlight the state of women in regions of conflict. She writes, “The overriding theme in these pictures is that appearances may be deceptive of underlying realities as seen in packaged news and sanitized media… The contrast between serene surface beauty and lurking violence also exists in traditional miniatures, but in ‘Ars Poetic’ it reflects the tension and conflict I feel about the gap between appearance and reality in the country, the region, and the world I live in.”
Image Credit: Farah Ossouli, "Ahmad and I," 2012, Gouache on Arches paper, 76cmx56cm, Courtesy of the artist