PANTEA KARIMI

Statement

I am a printmaker and painter and I also hold a professional degree with work experience in graphic design, all of which have influenced my fine art aesthetic and practice. As a graphic designer, I have always been interested in the design and layout of books and print media. I am intrigued by the ways in which image and text interact and convey meaning. Following this interest, my work explores the history of archaic technologies and investigates how older scientific knowledge was communicated through both image and text. I examine these concepts within the pages of medieval and early modern scientific manuscripts, particularly, Persian, Arab and European and the long term exchange of knowledge across these cultures. I use silkscreen, ink, watercolor and graphite on paper as well as wood, velum, felt and plexiglass to create a novel and dynamic visual interpretation of the scientific concepts and ideas presented in the manuscripts.

THE TWO SERIES FEATURED HERE ARE:

The Science of Imagination series, 2014-2016, aims to shed light on compositional aspects of the medieval Persian and Arab scientific manuscripts and early modern European periods. Taking a cue from these manuscripts, my pages incorporate layouts and images of the manuscripts as well as my imagination.

 

Mediated Senses series, 2010-2012, probes our dynamic relationship with and sensory responses to our continually evolving physical and virtual environments. I take photographs of sites, buildings and people that I visit. In this series I have appropriated and manipulated my own photos as well as iconic images of man-made structures to create a new locale. The environments that I have created in this series are inspired by the mixed landscape of Silicon Valley, in particular the area in the vicinity of Western edges of Stanford University campus grounds, where technological structures such as The Dish clash with natural surroundings.

Biography

Pantea Karimi has lived, studied, and worked in Iran, the UK and the US and presently resides in San Jose and maintains a studio in Cubberley Studios in Palo Alto, California. Karimi earned her MFA in printmaking and painting from San Jose State University in 2009. She also holds a Diploma in printmaking and glass work and an MFA in graphic design. Karimi’s fine arts and graphic works have been featured in several publications in Iran, Italy, the UK and the United States. Her prints and digital works have been exhibited in various venues in Iran, Algeria, Germany, Mexico, the UK, and the United States, including the de Young Museum and the Yerba Buena Art Center in San Francisco, 2012 ZERO1 Biennial, the Triton Museum in Santa Clara, the Peninsula Museum of Art in Burlingame, the Google Headquarter in Mountain View, the NASA Research Center in Sunnyvale, the San Jose City Hall, the New Bedford Art Museum in Massachusetts, and Platform in Munich, Germany. She is the recipient of the 2016-2017 Kala Fellowship-Residency Award and the 2010 Distinguished Artist Award by the City of Cupertino Fine Arts Commission. 

Devisal, 2014

Devisal, 2014

The Science of Imagination series / Watercolor, collage and silkscreen on paper / 15”x 45” / Framed: $1800

The Realm of Earth, 2014

The Realm of Earth, 2014

The Science of Imagination series / Watercolor and silkscreen on folded paper / 11”x30” / Framed: $1100 or Unframed: $850

Subaqueous, 2014

Subaqueous, 2014

The Science of Imagination series Watercolor and silkscreen on paper / 30”x22” / Framed: $1800 or Unframed: $1200

The Ghafiqi Garden, 2016

The Ghafiqi Garden, 2016

Watercolor, ink and silkscreen on paper / 11”x30” After Herbal of al-Ghafiqi, Botanical Manuscript, 12th c., Andalusia / Framed: $1100 or Unframed: $850

Extropy, 2014

Extropy, 2014

The Science of Imagination series / Watercolor and silkscreen on paper / 30”x22” / Framed: $1500 or Unframed: $1000

Hybrid Volvelle, a tribute to Bartol

Hybrid Volvelle, a tribute to Bartol

2015 / 18”x 15.5” / Wood panels, watercolor, ink and silkscreen on paper and fasteners / $750 Volvelles are the first paper analog computers from the medieval period, which were made by hand and installed inside the scientific manuscripts.

Hybrid Volvelle, a tribute to Khayya

Hybrid Volvelle, a tribute to Khayya

2015 /15”x20” / Wood panels, watercolor, ink and silkscreen on paper and fasteners / $750 Volvelles are the first paper analog computers from the medieval period, which were made by hand and installed inside the scientific manuscripts.

Aesthetics of Listening, 2010

Aesthetics of Listening, 2010

Mediated Senses series / Silkscreen, graphite and watercolor on paper / 11”x30” / Framed: $950 or Unframed: $700

Unbreathed Air, 2010

Unbreathed Air, 2010

Mediated Senses series / Silkscreen, graphite and watercolor on paper / 11”x30” / Framed: $950 or Unframed: $700

Wireless Wasteland, 2010

Wireless Wasteland, 2010

Mediated Senses series / 22x30 inches / silkscreen and watercolor on paper / Framed: $1600 or Unframed: $1000

Restless Tunes, 2010

Restless Tunes, 2010

Mediated Senses series / 22x30 inches / silkscreen and watercolor on paper / Framed: $1600 or Unframed: $1000

Auditory Datum, 2010

Auditory Datum, 2010

Mediated Senses series / 30x22 inches / silkscreen, graphite and watercolor on paper / Framed: $1600 or Unframed: $1100

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