Discipline: Architecture, Visual Art – mixed media

Golnar Adili

Discipline: Architecture, Visual Art – mixed media
Region: Brooklyn, NY
MacDowell Fellowships: 2007, 2013

Art is my key to understanding the current underlying my identity and the world through fragments, abstraction, and repetition. In doing so, I derive much of my inspiration from my own life and Persian poetry.

Growing up in post-1979 Tehran, I have experienced separation, uprooting, and longing and I am compelled to decode the ways in which these events have marked me.

I work in different mediums and my process at times involves deconstructing and reconstructing an image or object through cutting, folding, and material manipulation. Some of my inspiration stems from Persian poetry and biographical text investigating a landscape of displacement and longing. In doing so, I am very interested in exploring the language of the material I use. At times my work mimics digital processes while being highly hand crafted, creating a dynamic juxtaposition in exploring new distortions and blurring the lines between design, craft, and fine art.

The body as the site of emotions is central to my investigations.