Soheila Sokhanvari is an Iranian-born artist whose multidisciplinary work weaves layers of political histories with bizarre, humorous and mysterious narratives that are then left to viewer’s own sensitivity to complete. Sokhanvari is drawn to traumas that linger in the collective consciousness or cause mass amnesia, and yet resist conventional representation. Trained as a Persian miniature painter as a child she is inherently drawn to narratives that combine her Eastern and Western heritage. Playing with the relationship between the artwork and its title, Sokhanvari severs the signifier from the referent so that the resulting artwork functions as an aesthetic skin to a complex, buried issue.
“The art object then becomes a metaphor for an event, emphasising the mutability of meaning and form through viewer participation…The act of experience is not the same as its representation… One has to invent layers to go with the representations, creating a communicative function for each unit of experience.”
Sokhanvari is also interested in the use of metaphor to speak about the inexpressible events, particularly with reference to Iran. Magic realism and use of metaphor in autocratic countries has historically permitted writers and artists to allow the meaning to lie between the lines and hence escape the limitations of being pinned down. It is both a gesture of protection and arena for exploration. For more information or to get in touch with the artist, we inviete you to follow the link below the beautiful paintings we select to show you.