Audio: Hadieh Shafie, 11580 Pages
Hadieh Shafie (Iranian, b. 1969)
1 More
Lots are subject to 5% import Duty on the importat… Read more SOLD TO BENEFIT THE CASPIAN ART FOUNDATION DONATED BY THE ARTIST AND THE LEILA-HELLER GALLERY, NEW YORK
Hadieh Shafie (Iranian, b. 1969)

11580 Pages

Details
Hadieh Shafie (Iranian, b. 1969)
11580 Pages
acrylic, ink and paper with printed and hand-written Farsi
30 x 30 x 3½in. (76.2 x 76.2 x 9 cm.)
Executed in 2012
Special notice

Lots are subject to 5% import Duty on the importation value (low estimate) levied at the time of collection shipment within UAE. For UAE buyers, please note that duty is paid at origin (Dubai) and not in the importing country. As such, duty paid in Dubai is treated as final duty payment. It is the buyer's responsibility to ascertain and pay all taxes due.

If you wish to view the condition report of this lot, please sign in to your account.

Sign in
View condition report

Lot Essay

'A constant element of my work is the significance of repetition, process and time. In works comprised of paper scrolls, individual strips of paper have been marked with the word 'eshgh', both hand-written and printed in Farsi. While the most direct translation of 'eshgh' to English is 'love' its expressive power is 'passion.' I chose this word because it encompasses my longing and search for acceptance and understanding. The repetition of text, in particular the word 'eshgh', is a recurring element in much of my work of the last decade. Using concentric forms of text and material I seek to magnify its meaning (...) Concentric forms of text and material also take inspiration from the Sama dance of the whirling dervishes with the resulting work as the physical expression of my awe.' (Hadieh Shafie)

Appearing only once at auction in October 2011, Shafie's works are highly sought-after as they are very rare on the market. Although Shafie was only 14 years old when she immigrated to the United States from Iran, her intricate colourful and multidimensional works pay homage to the rich art and culture of her native country. She expresses her own interpretation to the tradition of calligraphic script and design repetition omnipresent in Persian and Islamic art, design and architecture. The realisation of each work is a painstaking yet fascinating process involving Shafie to delicately paint the edges of multiple strips of paper and to then repeatedly write the Persian word 'eshgh' ('love') on each piece. Once all the strips of paper are dry, Shafie rolls them together to create individual miniature 'ketabs' ('books'). The latter are then carefully displayed next to each other onto the surface without leaving any black space between them, forming a breathtaking composition of bursting colours.

Shafie's works resonate the Sufist meditative prayer of the heart known as 'dikhr', which consists in repeated invocations of a single word. Love is experienced through the heart and through the repetition of the word 'eshgh' on Shafie's strips of paper. Displayed in concentric circles, Shafie therefore invites the viewer to lose himself in the infinity of the scrolls' colours, hence capturing the essence of the 'dhikr'.
;

Related Articles

View all
Updated: art exhibitions and e auction at Christies
‘Warhol dances a wonderful lin auction at Christies
Printemps Asiatique: highlight auction at Christies

More from Modern and Contemporary Arab, Iranian and Turkish Art Part II

View All
View All