Artist in Studio: Sepideh Salehi
Sepideh Salehi is a multidisciplinary artist born in Tehran. Currently, she lives and works between Washington DC and New York. She received her MFA in Visual Art and Multimedia from the Accademia di belle Arti in Florence, Italy. Salehi has exhibited her work in the group exhibition “A Bridge Between You and Everything” curated by Shirin Neshat at High Line Nine, NYC. Some of her most notable exhibitions have been at Photo London, Somerset House London; University of Maryland Stamp Gallery; If So, What? Roya Khadjavi Projects, SF; Kentler International Drawing Space, NYC; STRAPPA Rogue Space, NYC, Craft and Folk Art Museum, LA; the cutlog Art Fair, NY; Centre for Contemporary Art Luigi Pecci, Virgiliano Museum, and International Bologna Art Fair Italy.
Sepideh Salehi’s work is primarily made on paper which often combines printmaking, writing, photography, drawing, painting and animations. Her visual vocabulary was originally formed by her identity as an Iranian woman, and now she sees her work as moving beyond the confines of her culture. Salehi is interested in the image of the veil, as well as the concept of covering up, hiding, and privacy. She uses text as a form of drawing to find her imagery. She also uses the etched images on the prayer stones in Islam to create patterns through rubbing and printmaking. The repeated images of the stones create a layered rhythm, a pattern, and echo words that become evident through this deliberate meditative work process.