Would it be possible to communicate without being concerned with legibility or translation?

Featured Artist Nina Ghanbarzadeh

Decomposing a novel, 2015, Dried acrylic paint and book, 8”x 15”
Nina Ghanbarzadeh who lives between two cultures (American-Persian) finds herself translating constantly. She tries to avoid this by situating text as a place for shifting perspectives in her art. In her work she poses such questions as: Would it be possible to communicate without being concerned with legibility or translation? How is communication affected when written text steps out of its traditional function? Would art have the same impact if the original language were to be translated? Is it even necessary to translate when text acts as color or shapes in work of art? What happens when written text is being treated as an object?
To explore responses to these questions, Ghanbarzadeh writes repetitive lines of Farsi (her mother tongue) that unfold into pattern and shapes. These shapes have entities of their own that respond to the written text or phrase and also reveal some cultural or personal information. The title for each of her artworks is the translation of the written phrase which constitutes the work.
She is inspired by Persian poetry and memories of her birthplace. Her repetitive lines of phrases depict her emotions at a specific moment of time. Through
the meditative act of writing repetitively and creating shapes, she is trying to explore her multicultural life and background.
Ghanbarzadeh was born and raised in Tehran, Iran. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a double major in fine art and graphic design in 2013. She completed two years in RedLine Milwaukee’s artist in residency program in 2015. She is now part of Material Studios and Gallery in Milwaukee, WI.
Ghanbarzadeh has participated in a number of group shows in Wisconsin
and other states. She is the recipient of Mary L. Nohl Suitcase Export Fund, Student Silver ADDY and Fredric R. Layton Foundations Scholarship Awards. She is also a teaching artist and has been involved in many workshops, lectures and presentations.
Recent focus in her work has been the intersection of text and image and the potential of using text to create movement and texture. You can view more online at: www.ninaghanbarzadeh.com

Decomposing a novel, 2015, Dried acrylic paint and book, 8”x 15” My thoughts in blue, 2017, Archival pen on American rag paper, 22.25”x 30” Brown skein, detail My thoughts in blue, Detail Tied up in knots trying to read this, 2016, Pen on cotton rag, 30”x 22”
Black and white, 2016, Layers of dried acrylic paint on panel - Diptych, 10”x 10” each Black and white, Detail My thoughts in red, Detail My thoughts in red, 2017, Archival pen on American rag paper, 22.25”x 30”
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