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Artist’s Focus – Koushna Navabi

Abnornal IsoButane, 2008, embroidery and print on canvas, 95cm x 65cm

Abnornal IsoButane, 2008, embroidery and print on canvas, 95cm x 65cm

In light of our forthcoming London fine art and design exhibition New Players, New Roles we are highlighting one participating artist per post until the exhibition begins on May 31st.

Each participating artist has worked with Six Pillars in the past, via in-depth interviews or creatively in other ways.

In 2009 we met Koushna Navabi before her major solo show in London. Her work, her demeanour and approach to historical-political themes kept her in mind all this time so that she was one of the first people we approached when the idea of an exhibition around perceptions arose.

Koushna Navabi has shown in Hiroshima, Germany, London and beyond. In this interview she explains how living in Iran, she became accustomed to embroidery during the war and how she diligently uses references to oil in her varied work that explores embroidery, weave and oil paint that imitates stitching in her own loud-but-quiet, signature way. Scroll below for more examples of Navabi’s work and to see the range of scale on which she creates.
The Crows, Taxidermied crows, knitting, tree, sand c. 3500 high x c. 6000 wide 2006 Installation, Hiroshima Art Document

The Crows,
Taxidermied crows, knitting, tree, sand
c. 3500 high x c. 6000 wide
2006
Installation, Hiroshima Art Document
Pattern no. 33, 2000, Oil paint on MDF, 50cm x 50cm

Pattern no. 33, 2000, Oil Paint on MDF, 50cm x 50cm

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