Ani Afshar
Veiled…
Ani Afshar
Veiled…

Myriads of Saved Objects Stitched Between Layers of Tulle

Myriads of Saved Objects Stitched Between Layers of Tulle

The Guild Room

May 20, 2022 to July 9, 2022

In Veiled… Myriads of Saved Objects Stitched Between Layers of Tulle, Chicago-based multidisciplinary artist Ani Afshar presents a collection of new assemblages that combine fabric and mixed media in fresh and unexpected ways. Using layers of tulle as her ground, Afshar creates poetic stories on top of, or between, these shimmering blocks of color. Rooted as much in drawing as they are in textile art, her constructions are often highly pictorial in both appearance and connotation, featuring angular lines of thread and beads that spread out like tree branches or spiderwebs over found photographs and other collected mementos.

Afshar combines influences from Turkish textiles, as well as from the contemporary folk and ancient textile traditions of the Near East, with the hard lines of Modernist abstraction. Each of her works seems like a sensuous, three-dimensional embodiment of a sketchbook page that was left behind by a globe-trotting poet, or like a map of the human brain that is meant to show the webs of memories created by a life of love and loss. Both familiar and mysterious, Afshar’s art remains slippery in nature, sliding between categories easily and never staying in one place for very long.

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About Ani Afshar

Born in Istanbul, Turkey, and educated in Geneva, Switzerland, Chicago-based artist Ani Afshar creates weavings and related works in fiber that encompass a wide range of intellectual, contextual and emotional concerns. She imbues her highly individual work – wool hangings, shawls, bed spreads, pillows or beaded and woven jewelry – with her deeply felt understanding and appreciation of the aesthetic principles inherent in the grand history of textiles. Her work has been exhibited at Hyde Park Art Center, Hilton Asmus, Hokin Gallery and Hairpin Art Center among many. She has been reviewed by New City and art critic and art historian Dennis Adrien.

About Ani Afshar

Born in Istanbul, Turkey, and educated in Geneva, Switzerland, Chicago-based artist Ani Afshar creates weavings and related works in fiber that encompass a wide range of intellectual, contextual and emotional concerns. She imbues her highly individual work – wool hangings, shawls, bed spreads, pillows or beaded and woven jewelry – with her deeply felt understanding and appreciation of the aesthetic principles inherent in the grand history of textiles. Her work has been exhibited at Hyde Park Art Center, Hilton Asmus, Hokin Gallery and Hairpin Art Center among many. She has been reviewed by New City and art critic and art historian Dennis Adrien.