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Avish Khebrehzadeh, ‘Whale with Ship, Whale, and Three Manatees’, 2009, Fort Worth Contemporary Arts
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Whale with Ship, Whale, and Three Manatees, 2009

Pencil on matte acetate and rice paper
48 × 72 in
121.9 × 182.9 cm
About the work
Medium
Drawing, Collage or other Work on Paper
Avish Khebrehzadeh
Iranian, b. 1969
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Poetic, dreamlike, and full of ambiguity, the paintings, drawings, and animations of Avish Khebrehzadeh are born out of her experience as an immigrant. Claiming, “mystery is good…I don’t want things definable,” she leaves her works deliberately open-ended, evoking the feelings of unfamiliarity, dislocation, and unease that moving from place to place around the world, always outside of her native Iran, stirs up within her. Rendered delicately and with a calligraphic line, the animals and human figures that populate her compositions appear isolated from each other and their surroundings. They are often engaged in inexplicable actions—tickling each other, turning cartwheels across a stage, sitting slumped in a chair—that appear both poignant and absurd. By combining motifs from traditional Iranian art, like floral patterning, with references to contemporary culture, Khebrehzadeh creates a visual hybridity reflective of her own multifaceted identity.

Avish Khebrehzadeh, ‘Whale with Ship, Whale, and Three Manatees’, 2009, Fort Worth Contemporary Arts
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About the work
Medium
Drawing, Collage or other Work on Paper
Avish Khebrehzadeh
Iranian, b. 1969
Follow

Poetic, dreamlike, and full of ambiguity, the paintings, drawings, and animations of Avish Khebrehzadeh are born out of her experience as an immigrant. Claiming, “mystery is good…I don’t want things definable,” she leaves her works deliberately open-ended, evoking the feelings of unfamiliarity, dislocation, and unease that moving from place to place around the world, always outside of her native Iran, stirs up within her. Rendered delicately and with a calligraphic line, the animals and human figures that populate her compositions appear isolated from each other and their surroundings. They are often engaged in inexplicable actions—tickling each other, turning cartwheels across a stage, sitting slumped in a chair—that appear both poignant and absurd. By combining motifs from traditional Iranian art, like floral patterning, with references to contemporary culture, Khebrehzadeh creates a visual hybridity reflective of her own multifaceted identity.

Whale with Ship, Whale, and Three Manatees, 2009

Pencil on matte acetate and rice paper
48 × 72 in
121.9 × 182.9 cm
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Other works by Avish Khebrehzadeh