March 25 to May 21, 2017
Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant
Curated by Matthew Ryan Smith
Soheila Esfahani’s artist’s project features wooden pallets, sometimes known as wooden skids, from her recent series Cultured Pallets. In the work, Esfahani laser-etches arabesque patterns sourced from mosaic designs in the interior dome of the Imam Mosque in Isfahan, Iran. Isfahan is the ancestral city of the artist’s family, however when she returned to Isfahan for the first time in many years, she felt both connected and disconnected to the city. In this regard, the Cultured Pallets series functions as a metaphor for migration and what the artist calls “in-betweenness.” It is, as the 13th century poet Rumi writes, “My place is placeless, a trace of the traceless.” Inscribed on the underside of each pallet is the e-mail address email@example.com. Once the series is complete, Esfahani will return the pallets to their original use, having them circulate throughout the world. It is her hope that individuals e-mail the affixed address to correspond with the artist and to track the pallet’s migration.
Canada: Day 1
March 18 - November 12, 2017
Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21
1055 Marginal Road
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Soheila would like to thank the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts for their generous support of her artistic practice.