Site Specific Installations

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In The Immigrants: Homage to F.H. Varley, Esfahani investigates the processes involved in cultural transfer and the notion of “portable culture.” The installation is based on a painting by Varley which depicts groups of new immigrants arriving in Canada. Each plate in this installation represents a specific culture. The collection of images on plates are based on the response of selected group of people to Esfahani’s question of “what is your culture?” and asking them to provide an image that represents their culture.

 Traversive Territories - Exhibits & Details (no people) (2)“The Immigrants: Homage to F.H. Varley”,  porcelain plates, The Varley Art Gallery, Markham, ON, 2015

 

073“The Immigrants: Homage to F.H. Varley”,  porcelain plates, The Varley Art Gallery, Markham, ON, 2015

 

Traversive Territories - Exhibits & Details (no people) (6)“The Immigrants: Homage to F.H. Varley”,  porcelain plates, The Varley Art Gallery, Markham, ON, 2015

 

Soheila Esfahani The Immigrants Homage To FH Varley 2015 (4)“The Immigrants: Homage to F.H. Varley”,  porcelain plates, The Varley Art Gallery, Markham, ON, 2015

 

immigrants detail 2 ed“The Immigrants: Homage to F.H. Varley”,  porcelain plates, The Varley Art Gallery, Markham, ON, 2015

 

Wish on Water focuses on cultural practices around water. It draws a comparison between the tradition of wishing on water in Sagha Khaneh and various traditions of wishing on water around the world from wishing wells to tossing coins in the water features of shopping malls. The drinking bowl refers to cultural practice of providing drinking water to travelers in Iran and other Middle Eastern countries. Sagha Khaneh (meaning house of water-carrier/provider) provided drinking water to travelers and passer bys in Iran for centuries. These water stations were commonly built close to natural springs by travel routes. The thirsty traveler would receive a drink of water traditionally in a bowl. In return travelers would say a prayer, light a candle or donate money in hopes of realization of a wish.

 

1“Wish on Water”, 120 glazed porcelain bowls, Water, Rodman Hall Art Centre, St. Catharines, ON, 2014

 

2 (2)“Wish on Water”, 120 glazed porcelain bowls, Water, Rodman Hall Art Centre, St. Catharines, ON, 2014

 

4“Wish on Water”, 120 glazed porcelain bowls, Water, Rodman Hall Art Centre, St. Catharines, ON, 2014

 

3“Wish on Water”, 120 glazed porcelain bowls, Water, Rodman Hall Art Centre, St. Catharines, ON, 2014

 

5 “Wish on Water”, 120 glazed porcelain bowls, Water, Rodman Hall Art Centre, St. Catharines, ON, 2014

 

9“Wish on Water”, 120 glazed porcelain bowls, Water, Rodman Hall Art Centre, St. Catharines, ON, 2014

 

 

7“Reflect”, 12 glazed stoneware bowls in fountain, Rodman Hall Art Centre, St. Catharines, ON, 2014

 

 

10“Reflect”, 12 glazed stoneware bowls in fountain, Rodman Hall Art Centre, St. Catharines, ON, 2014

 

 

11“Reflect”, 12 glazed stoneware bowls in fountain, Rodman Hall Art Centre, St. Catharines, ON, 2014

 


12“Reflect: Arabesque II”, 12 glazed stoneware bowls in fountain, Rodman Hall Art Centre, St. Catharines, ON, 2014

 

 

13“Reflect: Cyprus I”, 12 glazed stoneware bowls in fountain, Rodman Hall Art Centre, St. Catharines, ON, 2014

 

 

14“Reflect: Velvet  Antler I”, 12 glazed stoneware bowls in fountain, Rodman Hall Art Centre, St. Catharines, ON, 2014

 

 

2917“Equal Interference”, window film & marker on glass, collaboration with  Carlos Tamarit, Perimeter Institute, Waterloo, ON, 2013

 

2938 “Equal Interference”, window film & marker on glass, collaboration with  Carlos Tamarit, Perimeter Institute, Waterloo, ON, 2013

 

2822 “Equal Interference”, window film & marker on glass, collaboration with  Carlos Tamarit, Perimeter Institute, Waterloo, ON, 2013

 

2873 “Equal Interference”, window film & marker on glass, collaboration with  Carlos Tamarit, Perimeter Institute, Waterloo, ON, 2013

 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAEqual Interference”, window film & marker on glass, collaboration with  Carlos Tamarit, Perimeter Institute, Waterloo, ON, 2013

 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA “Equal Interference”, window film & marker on glass, collaboration with  Carlos Tamarit, Perimeter Institute, Waterloo, ON, 2013

 

banff 2“Untitled”, hand-cut window film on glass, Banff Residency, Banff, AB, 2013

banff 1“Untitled”, hand-cut window film on glass, Banff Residency, Banff, AB, 2013


IMG_3513 “Untitled”, hand-cut window film on glass, Banff Residency, Banff, AB, 2013

 

Site specific installations by artist Soheila Esfahani“[Text]ure, hand cut window film on glass, approximately 5’x 24’, 2011, Communitech Hub, Kitchener, ON

 

12/10/12 is a response to Esfahani’s experience of living in two cultures for equal number of years. Her installation attempt to question the notion of belonging to an ‘originary’ or ‘original’ culture whether Eastern or Western in order to open up a space of negotiation. 12/10/12 consists of hand-made wallpaper based on Homer Watson’s drawings and other source material, a collection of bird statues from various locations around the world including Waterloo Region and Iran, and altered Homer Watson prints. 12/10/12 is centered on three key strategies: to embark on creative investigations of local history and culture, to interject ‘other’ cultural notions and histories within the familiar history of the house museum, and to create Third Space by opening up ‘new’ narratives within the context of local history.

 

Site specific installations by artist Soheila Esfahani“12/10/12”, Pen on wallpaper, 17’x7’, 2012, Homer Watson House & Gallery

 

Site specific installations by artist Soheila Esfahani“Parandeh”,Collection of bird statues, various materials, 2012, Homer Watson House & Gallery

 

Site specific installations by artist Soheila Esfahani“12/10/12”, detail, Pen on wallpaper, 17’x7’, 2012, Homer Watson House & Gallery

 

Site specific installations by artist Soheila Esfahani“12/10/12”, detail, Pen on wallpaper, 17’x7’, 2012, Homer Watson House & Gallery

 

Site specific installations by artist Soheila Esfahani“[Text]ure I, hand cut window film on glass, approximately 16’x 7’, 2012, Hamilton Artist Inc., Hamilton, ON

 

Site specific installations by artist Soheila Esfahani“[Text]ure I, detail, hand cut window film on glass, approximately 16’x 7’, 2012, Hamilton Artist Inc., Hamilton, ON

 

Site specific installations by artist Soheila Esfahani “Opus S”, latex paint on wall, collaboration with Fatima Garzan, gallery 96, Stratford, ON, 2007

 

Site specific installations by artist Soheila Esfahani “Soul I, II, III, IV”, Acrylic on Plexiglas, 1’x4’ each panel, 2005, temple Studio, Guelph , ON

 

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