BOLT Resident Azadeh Gholizadeh explores the space behind the canvas in her upcoming solo exhibition, Within the Threshold. Gholizadeh works with the idea of the veil as a physical and social construct that forms, not only one’s status and identity, but also a sense of social distancing from others. The metaphorical relationship between the veil and the canvas serves as a foundation to explore the process of unveiling personal facades through the deconstruction of painting.
Azadeh Gholizadeh conceptualizes the veil as a separation between the world and one’s true or interior self. In Gholizadeh’s paintings, this concealment is compromised—the white stretched canvas no longer holds the possibility of representing a subject on the surface, it becomes the subject. In the act of unveiling, she cuts, burns, and punctures the pristine surface. This orchestrated destruction reveals layers of mirrors, melted plastic and wire that reside behind the canvas. When looking through the tattered surface, one finds a mirror—or as Gholizadeh suggests, “the moment we are aware of our selves.” For more information about this artist, please click here.
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