- Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian 1924 – 2019
- Acrylic sheet and mirrored glass
- Object: 881 × 590 × 297 mm
- Presented by the artist 2017
In Pentagon, Farmanfarmaian is inspired by traditional Persian mirror-mosaic work (ayneh-kari) found in architectural spaces, primarily shrines. Symmetry and repetition and the principles of mystical geometry are central to her practice. Her work blurs the lines between craft, art and everyday life set by modern art history. She writes: ‘Mirror works … do not belong only to museums or the rich … they are part of our living artistic experience and they each have an ancient history behind them. But mirrors speak to contemporary human beings as well.’ Iran’s architectural traditions influence Farmanfarmaian’s work. However, her years of living and travelling abroad also bring a global approach to her artistic techniques.
Gallery label, June 2021
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