Soheila K. Esfahani
September 8 – October 7, 2018
in the Coppa Gallery
Opening reception: Thursday, September 13, 7pm
Drawing on more than one cultural repertoire, Soheila K. Esfahani has created a cross-cultural dialogue filled with delicacy, grace and astonishing beauty. Since the early part of the millennium, her intricate works deploy a profound sense of personal exploration and temporal investment, social and cultural commentary.
Soheila Esfahani’s art practice navigates the terrains of cultural translation and draws on her experience of living in both Western and Eastern (Iranian) cultures. As a culturally diverse artist living in Canada, Esfahani cites a “Third Space” in which she explores the cultural elements within her work and inviting viewers to “read” the work by bringing in their own narratives which in turn opens an in-between zone. She underscores the cultural importance of visual ornamentation in Islamic art and participates in its manifestation in the work of contemporary Muslim artists.
Esfahani creates enduring bonds by amalgamating both Canadian and Iranian concepts, belief systems and visual languages. Through this synthesis of her ancestral homeland and adopted country, she eloquently speaks from the
“in-between” of varied social and cultural realities.