Portable Culture

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“Portable Culture: Maple Leaf”, acrylic & laser-etching on found object on wooden panel, 12″x24″, 2017


“Portable Culture: Maple Leaf”, detail, acrylic & laser-etching on found object on wooden panel, 12″x24″, 2017


“Portable Culture: Canada Goose”, acrylic & laser-etching on found object on wooden panel, 12″x24″, 2017


“Portable Culture: Canada Goose”, detail, acrylic & laser-etching on found object on wooden panel, 12″x24″, 2017


“Portable Culture: Herringbone Pallets”, mixed media on wooden panel, 24″x24″, 2017



“A Trace of Traceless: Glasgow”, acrylic & laser-etching on found object on wooden panel, 8″x6″, 2016


“A Trace of Traceless: Regina”, acrylic & laser-etching on found object on wooden panel, 8″x6″, 2016


“A Trace of Traceless: Vancouver II”, acrylic & laser-etching on found object on wooden panel, 8″x6″, 2016


“A Trace of Traceless: Vancouver I”, acrylic & laser-etching on found object on wooden panel, 8″x6″, 2016

“A Trace of Traceless: Berlin”, acrylic & laser-etching on found object on wooden panel, 8″x6″, 2016


“A Trace of Traceless: Kitchener”, acrylic & laser-etching on found object on wooden panel, 8″x6″, 2016


“A Trace of Traceless: Honolulu”, acrylic & laser-etching on found object on wooden panel, 8″x6″, 2016


“A Trace of Traceless: London”, acrylic & laser-etching on found object on wooden panel, 8″x6″, 2016


“A Trace of Traceless: Waterloo”, acrylic & laser-etching on found object on wooden panel, 8″x6″, 2016


“A Trace of Traceless: Toronto”, acrylic & laser-etching on found object on wooden panel, 8″x6″, 2016

 

“Found Text: Composition I”, hand-cut wood on birch panel, 12″x16″, 2016

“Found Text: Composition II”, hand-cut wood on birch panel, 12″x16″, 2016

“Found Text: Composition III”, hand-cut wood on birch panel, 12″x16″, 2016

“Found Text: Composition IV”, hand-cut wood on birch panel, 12″x16″, 2016

“Found Text: Composition V”, hand-cut wood on birch panel, 12″x16″, 2016

“Found Text: Composition VI”, hand-cut wood on birch panel, 12″x16″, 2016

 

“Cultured Pallets Studies III”, mixed media on birch panel, 16″x20″, 2015


“Cultured Pallets Studies III”, detail, mixed media on birch panel, 16″x20″, 2015


“Cultured Pallets Studies II”, mixed media on birch panel, 16″x20″, 2015


“Cultured Pallets Studies II”, detail, mixed media on birch panel, 16″x20″, 2015


“Cultured Pallets Studies I”, mixed media on birch panel, 16″x20″, 2015


“Cultured Pallets Studies I”, detail, mixed media on birch panel, 16″x20″, 2015

 

“A Trace of Traceless series”, acrylic & laser-etching on wooden panel, 5″x7″, 2014

“A Trace of Traceless series”, detail, acrylic & laser-etching on wooden panel, 5″x7″, 2014

“A Trace of Traceless series”, detail, acrylic & laser-etching on wooden panel, 5″x7″, 2014

“A Trace of Traceless series”, detail, acrylic & laser-etching on wooden panel, 5″x7″, 2014



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

 

 

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