I have had a long-term interest in juxtaposed textual and pictorial elements. I am intrigued by the ways in which image and text interact and convey meaning. Following this interest, my current body of work explores the history of archaic technologies and investigates how older scientific knowledge was communicated through both image and text. I examine medieval and early modern scientific manuscripts--Persian, Arab and European--and the longue durée (long term) exchange of knowledge across these cultures. This process not only provides me with a great means to explore what I love--the relationship between image and text--but also expands my appreciation of science and its role in the visualization of abstract concepts. Moreover by revisiting the scientific concepts through the lens of art, I highlight the significance of visual elements in science. The scientific manuscripts are dynamic and engaging. Most of them are filled with beautiful drawings and calligraphic texts. Others include interactive devices, such as volvelles (paper wheel charts) that accommodated calculation in many diverse subjects and used beautiful images, calligraphic texts and numbers. My series Punctum Caecum, which means “blind spot” in Latin, is the result of my exploration of ancient Arab, Persian and European scientific manuscripts. I use silkscreen, ink, watercolor or graphite on paper as well wood, velum, pins, felt and plexiglass to create a novel and dynamic visual interpretation of the scientific concepts presented in the manuscripts.
Installation View, image by Pantea Karimi
2016-2017 Kala Fellowship-Residency Award KALA ART INSTITUTE, BERKELEY, CA Residency starts in Jan 2017 followed by an exhibition in July 2017
GROUP EXHIBITION Nov 2016-Jan 2017 Stateless, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, New Bedford, MA Reception: Nov 10, 2016, 6-8 PM