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Made in Iran, consisting of two sets of collections of small plaques, is made in the tradition of Persian Marquetry mostly by Esfahani’s aunt in Iran. The first series of plaques depicts a collection of glyph forms based on arabesque designs of the tips of lotus leaves used in illuminated manuscripts, while the second series is a collection of various motifs and texts gathered from a variety of cultural sources, including graffiti and William Morris wallpaper design. In creating Made in Iran, the notion of cross cultural transfer is foregrounded by initial collecting of the designs in Canada, by producing the pieces in Iran, and by exhibiting them in Canada as art objects in the context of an art gallery. Made in Iran potentially undermines the ‘origin’ of these objects through the back and forth transfers of materials, texts, and meanings.

 

Photo of work from the Trans Series by artist Soheila Esfahani“Made In Iran”, Various types of wood, Installation view, 2010

Photo of work from the Trans Series by artist Soheila Esfahani“Made In Iran”, detail, Various types of wood, 4.5”x6.5” each plaque, 2010

 

Photo of work from the Trans Series by artist Soheila Esfahani“Made In Iran: The Break in the Tip of the Lotus Leaf”, detail, Various types of wood, 4.5”x6.5” each plaque, 2010

 

Photo of work from the Trans Series by artist Soheila Esfahani“Made In Iran”, detail, Various types of wood, 4.5”x6.5” each plaque, 2010

 

Photo of work from the Trans Series by artist Soheila Esfahani“Made In Iran”, detail, Various types of wood, 4.5”x6.5” each plaque, 2010

The pattern for the Vagireh Pattern is based on a design from a Persian book of illuminations. This particular pattern is a continuous design that can be expanded in both directions. The word “vagireh” means transmittable or contagious. This installation reflects these ideas in both a practical and conceptual way. Practically, the inscribed pattern can be expanded onto a larger number of pallets, and the pallets will re-enter circulation. Conceptually, the installation refers to the spread (transmittance) of cultural motifs in various societies.

 

Photo of work from the Trans Series by artist Soheila Esfahani “The Vagireh Pattern”, Laser-etched wooden shipping pallets, 62”x48”x40”, 2010

 

Photo of work from the Trans Series by artist Soheila Esfahani“The Vagireh Pattern”, detail, Laser-etched wooden shipping pallets, 62”x48”x40”, 2010

Photo of work from the Trans Series by artist Soheila Esfahani“Rothko: Golden Stack”, Altered wooden pallets, posters, 2010

 

Photo of work from the Trans Series by artist Soheila Esfahani“Rothko: Golden Stack”, detail, Altered wooden pallets, posters, 2010|

 

Photo of work from the Trans Series by artist Soheila Esfahani“Pomegranate Wallpaper”, Altered recycled pallets, 40”x 48”x 10”, 2010

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