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Simeen Farhat
updated: 01/03/2010
website: www.simeen.net
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Shadows of s a Stanza # 9
Masnavi in Black # 1
Shadows of s a Stanza # 3
Shadows of  a Stanza # 4
Shadows of a Stanza # 5
Shadows of a Stanza # 6
Shadows of  a Stanza # 7
Textual Dynamite
Rhetoric # 1
Rhetoric # 4
Rhetoric # 6 (Jeanie)
Rhetoric # 5
We Won’t Kill You
Body Language
Sultana and Her Maidservant with the Head of a Mullah
 
Portfolio Keywords:  conceptual, abstract, autobiographical, feminist, identity, political, social criticism, humor, text, figurative
 
 
Shadows of s a Stanza # 9 by Simeen Farhat
Shadows of s a Stanza # 9
ink, acrylic, gouache, on paper
2009
25.5 " x  36: " 
Masnavi in Black # 1 by Simeen Farhat
Masnavi in Black # 1
painted-wood
2009
30 " x  35 "  x 10 " 
Shadows of s a Stanza # 3 by Simeen Farhat
Shadows of s a Stanza # 3
ink, acrylic, gouache, on paper
2008
22 " x  35 " 
Shadows of  a Stanza # 4 by Simeen Farhat
Shadows of a Stanza # 4
ink, gouache, acrylic on paper
2008
25 " x  40 " 
Shadows of a Stanza # 5  by Simeen Farhat
Shadows of a Stanza # 5
ink, gouache, acrylic on paper
2008
25 " x  40 " 
Shadows of a Stanza # 6 by Simeen Farhat
Shadows of a Stanza # 6
ink, gouache, acrylic on paper
2009
22 " x  35 " 
Shadows of  a Stanza # 7  by Simeen Farhat
Shadows of a Stanza # 7
ink, charcoal, gouache, acrylic on paper
2009
40" x  54" 
Textual Dynamite  by Simeen Farhat
Textual Dynamite
fabric, painted-wood, monofilament
2008
Dimensions variable
Rhetoric # 1  by Simeen Farhat
Rhetoric # 1
graphite on paper
2007
11"" x  14"" 
Rhetoric # 4 by Simeen Farhat
Rhetoric # 4
graphite on paper
2007
11"" x  14"" 
Rhetoric # 6 (Jeanie) by Simeen Farhat
Rhetoric # 6 (Jeanie)
graphite on paper
2008
11"" x  14"" 
Rhetoric # 5  by Simeen Farhat
Rhetoric # 5
graphite on paper
2007
11" x  14" 
We Won’t Kill You by Simeen Farhat
We Won’t Kill You
fabric, painted-wood, wire, monofilament
2008
Dimensions variable
Body Language by Simeen Farhat
Body Language
painted-wood, fabric, wire, monofilament
2008
Dimensions variable
Sultana and Her Maidservant with the Head of a Mullah by Simeen Farhat
Sultana and Her Maidservant with the Head of a Mullah
fabric, painted-wood, wire, electric lamp
2009
Dimensions variable

Artist Statement
Artist’s Statement

Simeen Farhat

 

            Deriving from the fact that I am a Pakistani-born American immigrant, my work is a melding of my two cultural identities depicted through social satires. Living in two cultures I view each in multiple, sometimes confusing perspectives.  It is a complex subject expressed in a variety of media.

            The central image is a hollow female form, veiled or unveiled.  Wearing the veil is a growing practice among Muslim women.  It is a culture that I both share and have distance from.  The image appears in my drawings, paintings, sculptures, and installations. 

 

            I have paired some of the figures with text in Urdu, my native language.  The words come from famous Pakistani and Urdu poets, notably, Faiz Ahmed Faiz and Mirza Ghalib, both of whom wrote powerfully about freedom and change.  The cluster of black text transforms their linguistic power into an explosion of visual energy. The text has both literal and aesthetic meaning as a flowing pattern.  With the ethereal figures it enables a dialogue with the viewer or monologue between mind and body.

 

            The work poses many questions for viewers of each culture to examine.  Can the work be considered figurative Islamic art?  (They appear to be figurative, yet there are no human figures but emptiness.)  Do the images threaten non-Muslim westerners?  Are these empty, veiled figures Feminist art, representing emerging freedom to think?

 

           

Artist Bio / CV

Simeen Farhat

http:// www.simeen.net

BORN Karachi, Pakistan.                          
Currently lives in Dallas, TX.

EDUCATION

2000-M.F.A., Texas Christian University Fort Worth, TX
1998-B.F.A., Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
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SELECTED EXHIBITIONS: Museums and Non-Profit Art Venues
2010-2000

V.M. Gallery,
Karachi, Pakistan.
The Arts Gallery,
UTD, Richardosn, TX.
Haggerty Gallery, UD, Dallas, TX.
The Art Gallery, UTA, Arlington, TX.
Texas Bienniel, Austin, TX,  
National Art Gallery ” Islamabad, Pakistan,  
The MAC, Dallas, TX.
Alliance Française Gallery Karachi, Pakistan.
Arlington Museum of Art, Arlington, TX.
Women and Their Work Gallery, Austin, TX.
CSAW
Houston, TX.
Rockwall Art Center, Rockwall, TX,   
Contemporary Art Center, Sacramento, CA.
Amin Gulgee Gallery Karachi, Pakistan.
Be
tty Rymer Gallery The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL.
Sadeqain Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan,
Dallas Center for Contemporary Arts, TX.
Diverse Works, Houston, TX.
Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL.
Irving Art Center, Irving, Texas.
Fort Worth International Center, Fort Worth, TX.
Memorial Union, ASU, Tempe, AZ.

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS: Commercial Venues
2010-2000
Anya Tish Gallery, Houston, TX.
Mighty Fine Arts Gallery
, Dallas, TX,
Studio 107 Gallery, Austin, TX,
500X Gallery, Dallas TX.
Gerald Peters Gallery, Dallas, TX, 
Broadway 417 Gallery, New York, NY,
Gescheidle Contemporary, Chicago, IL.  
Frisbee Fair, Plush Gallery, Miami, FL.
Craighead-Green Gallery, Dallas, TX.
Continental Gallery, Dallas, TX.
Art One Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ.
Indus Art Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan.        

REVIEWS
2008-2000

WRR 1011.1 FM DFW Classical Radio Station,
Dallas Arts Review, Catalogue by  Charissa N. Terranova, The Daily Dawn, Karachi Pakistan., Artlies, Star-Telegram, Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, Star Time, Irving News, The News, Karachi, Pakistan, Graphic Impressions ( newsletter)      

GRANT, FELLOWSHIP, AND RESIDENCY
2001-2009
Artist Grant, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT, Fellowship Residency, Women's Studio Workshop, Rosendale, NY, and Artist in Residence, Coronado Studios, Austin, TX.