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My paintings are rich with Persian art influences: Iran's ceramic traditions and its patterned, jewel-like art. But I follow my own personal vocabulary of images. I use pattern expressively, to evoke circumstances that are out of control. Cartoonish, art brut aspects of my work stand in opposition to its complex, jewel-like qualities. Through a visual tension of opposites, I found a language for the painful contradiction between Iran's reputation as brutal menace, and its exquisite contributions to world culture.
Backsplash features a fantastical, melting cityscape that resembles a hybrid of Iran's ornate mosques and a power plant. This meltdown satirizes the Iranian regime's flamboyant failure on the world stage. Cartoonishly spreading towards a miniature Manhattan, it also satirizes Islamophobia and fears of a nuclear Iran. The green counter-wave, brimming with defiant faces and limbs, is a metaphor for the imperiled protestors against Iran's theocratic regime. Backsplash is an expressive re-telling of a geo- political mess, mixed with angst, critique, and humor.
Backsplash is in the collection of the New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT.
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Negar Ahkami is a painter from Clifton, NJ and New York City. She was born in Baltimore, MD. Ahkami received a B.A. in Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures from Columbia University and an MFA from School of Visual Arts. She attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, and participated in the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Workspace Residency and Swing Space Residency on Governors Island. She has had three solo exhibitions, at Leila Heller Gallery in NY (2013, 2009) and LMAK Projects Brooklyn (2007). Her work has also been featured in two-person and group exhibitions at Miki Wick Kim Gallery (Zurich), Princeton University, The Austrian Cultural Forum NY, Longwood Arts Project, Stefan Stux Gallery, Kravets Wehby Gallery, and other galleries and museums. Ahkami’s work is represented in the collections of The New Britain Museum of American Art, the DePaul University Art Museum, the Farjam Collection (UAE), and private and corporate collections. She currently lives and works in the DC and New York areas. She is represented by Leila Heller Gallery in New York.
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