Hedieh Javanshir Ilchi
My creative process revolves around my cultural experiences and observations as an Iranian immigrant. I create mixed-media paintings on Mylar that are visual essays on hybridized Iranian and American cultural identities. These paintings are a fusion of references to historical Persian miniature painting, contemporary Iranian social and political imagery, and the visual codes of Western abstraction. I compose imaginary scenes where cultural and sexual identities are given space to reveal questions and contradictions without canceling or denying the significance of multiple histories and cultural positions.