Philadelphia Art Alliance Blog

SoS Artist Spotlight: Sanam Emami

“Rewriting stories into objects is a contemporary journey. I am not going back into history; I am drawing history back into the present.” Sanam Emami’s pots and tiles are made with a specific intent – a function – but their meaning is layered with both factual and fictional narratives. Plates, cups and tiles are ubiquitous, recognizable. She creates with a specific intent – a function – but their meaning is layered with both factual and fictional narratives. Plates, cups and tiles are ubiquitous, recognizable. The vases and their multiple spouts are curious when empty, when filled with flowers their function is revealed. The tile is a background or canvas. The cups provide a counterpoint – the curves and movement of the form and interact with the surface pattern and imagery. The primary inspiration for these pots and tiles are intricate patterns found in Iranian and Islamic art and architecture. In these buildings and objects’ fields of color and pattern create subtle layers of meaning. She draws influences from different cultures and time periods: Barcelona tiles, Japanese textiles, Iranian miniatures, Dutch blue and white pottery. The work comes from an imagined sense of time and place. States Emami, “Ornamental and arabesque imagery placed alongside geometric Islamic patterns complicate assumed distinctions between representation and abstraction. The attempt to harmonize seemingly disparate elements within each object is part of the process that holds my attention in the studio.” You can see more of her work at http://sanamemami.com/

Sanam has donated some lovely pieces to Shop on the Square’s Preview Party on Monday, December 3rd. The craft sale runs December 4-9 and is open from noon-7pm daily.

For more information: http://www.philartalliance.org/event/shop-on-the-square/

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