PANTEA KARIMI: Healing Gardens (available individually)
Digital illustration and print on aluminum
12 x 12 in
Pantea Karimi’s work as a multidisciplinary artist explores the intersection of art with history and science, and examines how the broader aesthetic considerations of science are closely related to art. She is captivated by the correlation between abstract ideas and their visual representations. Part of her practice involves research on illustrations and texts of medieval Persian, Arab and early modern European scientific manuscripts in five areas: mathematics, medicinal botany, anatomy, astronomy and cartography. For Karimi, these manuscripts provide a unique platform for investigating the influence of past scientific concepts and their manifestations on our contemporary perception of the world. They represent world cultures, their values and the progression of scientific ideas throughout history. Utilizing conceptual and visual interpretations from her research, Karimi creates individual bodies of artwork using interactive installations, VR, silkscreen, digital illustrations, and prints. Immigrating was an inspiring experience and has strongly influenced her work. Karimi is a two-time immigrant from Iran to the UK and to the USA. On a personal level, immigration provided challenges in the beginning, but at the same time it presented great opportunities for her art practice and creative path. Traveling and living in diverse communities have informed her art content and identity as an Iranian-artist woman, broadening her world view. Karimi grew up in Iran during turbulent times of revolution, war and family tragedy. Despite all the hardships, she managed to take regular classes in painting and classical music, which led to her decision to pursue art professionally. She earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Graphic Design in Tehran. She later moved to England, where she had opportunities and creative time to explore new media and printmaking techniques. This experience became a foundation for her art practice, which she continued at San José State University, earning a second Master’s degree in painting and printmaking. Karimi draws inspiration from artists from around the world, her peers, and from a variety of art genres. When it comes to female artists, she is usually inspired by their biographical narratives such as their struggles, achievements, and creative paths. She made a list of few women with the reasons why and how they inspire her as an artist: Artemisia Gentileschi, her female perspective, highlighted in all of her paintings; Louise Bourgeois, her thought process and artistry; Louise Nevelson, her use of materials and composition; Barbara Kruger, her use of bold images and texts, the message of her works; Sally Mann, her work and creative process in general; Marlene Dumas, for how she draws inspiration for her works’ imagery and content from published media, such as newspapers and magazines. Her female figurative paintings have elevated the subject from its roots in vanity, using it to depict personal, psychological, social, and political concerns; Es Devlin, her most amazing, creative theater and stage-sculptures, for her confident thought process and outcome; Marina Abramovi?, her persistence, the power of performance and feminist art; and Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian, for the beautiful use of her Iranian heritage techniques and materials: mirror-mosaics. Her work is a perfect marriage between Iranian and the Western culture while keeping her Iranian identity dominant.