Brooklyn-based artist Hadieh Shafie makes sculptures from hand-dyed and rolled paper pieces. She explained how she does it in her artist statement:
“On the surface, what the viewer sees are the fore-edges of miniature scrolls made of strips of paper. Using a limited color palette, each strip of paper is dyed with acrylic pigments, and then rolled by hand, one upon another, to create a multitude of color combinations for each emerging scroll. The rolling process places razor thin edges of color closely together, creating a space for the viewer’s eye to blend adjoining colors.”
Shafie was born in Tehran, Iran. She says that her work is “a visual response to the emancipating effect of books and poetry”. See what Shafie does below.
9990 Pages, 2012 back when I used to count the pages to title the works. It took way to much time, and so hard to refer to them. The work wasn't about how many pieces of paper made the work. It was just a common denominator to label each piece, because titles add other layers of meaning, they assert an idea outside the work and I'm not into that. I want you to see what's in front of you. So now I title them by colors used or forms, something non emotional that helps to refer to the work or a series. #artistlife #instagood #hadiehshafie #eshgh #nofilter #artistbook #paperart #handmadebooks #scuplture #color
Watermill Benefit Auction 2017. To bid on this work follow the link in my bio it will take you to the Artsy bidding page. Saayeha 13 10.5" diameter x 3" depth Ink, acrylic and paper containing handwritten and printed Farsi text Eshgh "Love/Passion" . . The Annual Watermill Center Summer Benefit unites the worlds of art, performance, music, theatre, design, architecture and fashion. All funds raised support The Center’s year-round Artist Residency and Education Programs that provide a unique environment for young and emerging artists to explore and develop new work. . #watermillcenter #hadiehshafie #robertwilson #flyingintothesun #watermillcentersummerbenefit #contemporarywomanabstractionist #contemporary #woman #contemporaryabstractionist
Ten Colors, 2016 A book as a drawing, as a painting, as a sculpture. Rolling hand painted papers into each other to create a multitude of color combinations on the fore edge of the closed circular books. You can only see hints of gestural marks of language on the sides. I love these smaller scale works as they pull you in closer. . Ten Colors, 2016 Image size: 14" x 11" Outer size: 15.5" x 12.5" Ink, acrylic and paper containing handwritten and printed Farsi text Eshgh "Love/Passion" . #hadiehshafie #colorspectrum #abstraction #paper #bookarts #هديه_شفيعى
Abi Abi / Blue Blue. Diam. 36 in. (91.4 cm) D. 3 3/4 in. (9.5 cm) Paper, ink and acrylic (2013) Public Collection: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Every time a work of mine is collected I am so honored. Being in the Public collection of museums where I spend so much of my life in awe of what’s come before, that feeling of happiness, I can not adequately express. #hadiehshafie #dreamsdocometrue #themet #iraniancontemporaryart #iranianwomen #iranian #iranianamerican
22500 Pages, 48” diameter, (2011) Public Collection V&A, London, UK Being in the Public collection of museums where I spend so much of my life in awe of what’s come before, that feeling of happiness, I can not adequately express. #hadiehshafie #dreamsdocometrue #vamuseum #JameelPrize2011 #dreamscometrue #iraniancontemporaryart #iranianwomen #iranian #iranianamerican