This week we welcome Taraneh Mosadegh, an Iranian-American visual artist based in Brooklyn. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting from the Art University of Tehran and completed her Master of Fine Arts) at the LeRoy E. Hoffberger School of Painting at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. Mosadegh has attended residencies at the Vermont Studio Center, the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild and the Windy Mowing Artist Retreat, among others.
Her artwork has been prominently featured in exhibitions in Iran, Canada, and the United States. She has collaborated with numerous international poets, and her work has been published in publications such as Alba Culture in Translation, Fairy Tale Review, Theodora (London, UK), Garden Publication (London, UK), and Posit Journal #33 (USA). Additionally, her art has appeared on the cover of the Iranian poetry book “Dar Jame Ma,” published by Morvarid Press and Safaa Fathy’s “Where not to be Born,” set to be released by Litmus Press (USA) in October 2023.
In the artist’s words:
“My abstract paintings are an exploration of the themes of transition, transformation, borders, and the quality of transplantation between different forms. Using repetitive patterns, transparent layers of colors, and movement in forms, my work captures the fluidity and impermanence of life. I seek to represent the intangible aspects of our existence, such as sound, taste, and the passing of time. Through the use of abstract forms and colors, I aim to evoke a sense of synesthesia, where the viewer can experience multiple senses simultaneously.
Borders and boundaries are an important theme in my work. By exploring the edges of forms and the spaces between them, I seek to challenge traditional notions of separateness and encourage the viewer to consider the interconnectedness of all things. In doing so, I hope to blur the lines between different elements and create a sense of continuity. Repetitive patterns are a central element, symbolizing the cyclical nature of life and its constant state of transformation. The use of transparent layers of color adds a sense of depth and complexity, revealing hidden layers beneath the surface.
Movement is also a key element. By incorporating it into my paintings, I aim to suggest a sense of fluidity and changeability, challenging traditional notions of permanence and highlighting the constant state of flux in which all things exist.”
See more of Mosadegh’s work on her website and Instagram.