Exhibition Hadieh Shafie: Surfaced, Drawings

Open to the Public


Location 19 Washington Square North

Hadieh Shafie’s colorful and multidimensional works defy simple categorization. Shafie is known for her paper scrolls where the artist layers thousands of strips of hand-painted paper, which are then rolled into scrolls and placed within a frame or stacked flat. Persian words like eshgh (love/passion) are inscribed on and often concealed within the layers of paper.

In this new series of drawings Shafie explores the two-dimensional medium of paper and uses various techniques to activate the surface. Exploring new ways of image making through a form of reverse-collage, she repeatedly cuts the surface carving away layers of text and pigment. Working intuitively the artist moves the elements of text and color on and off the grid to create undulating repetitive patterns.

Born in Iran, Hadieh Shafie currently lives and works in Silver Spring, MD. She has exhibited at numerous global institutions such as The Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris; Casa Arabe, Madrid; the Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University; and the San Antonio Museum of Art in Texas. Her work can also be found in prestigious public and private collections including: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles; The Victoria and Albert Museum, London; The British Museum, London; Sheldon Museum of Art, Nebraska; The Bank of America, Corporation Collection, North Carolina; The Salsali Private Museum, Dubai; and The Farjam Collection, Dubai.

Hadieh Shafie Artist