Golnar Adili

Art is my key to understanding the current underlying my identity and the world through fragments, abstraction, and repetition. In doing so, I derive much of my inspiration from my own life.

As an Iranian growing up in post-1979 Tehran, I have experienced uprooting, and longing in its different manifestations. In my art I am compelled to decode the ways in which these events have marked me.

I work in different mediums and my process at times involves deconstructing and reconstructing an image or object through folding, mixing and material manipulation. Some of my inspiration stems from Persian poetry and biographical text investigating a landscape of longing, and displacement. In doing so, I am very interested in exploring the language of the material I use to create distortions and blurring the lines between design, craft and fine art.

Golnar Adili is a mixed media artist, educator, and designer with a focus on diasporic identity. She holds a Master’s degree in architecture from the University of Michigan and has attended residencies at the Rockefeller Foundation for the Arts in Bellagio, Italy, The Center for Book Arts, NY, Smack Mellon in Brooklyn, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the MacDowell Colony, Ucross Foundation for the Arts, Lower East Side Printshop, Manhattan Graphics Center, Women’s Studio Workshop, and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Workspace among others.

Some of the venues Adili has shown her work include, The Victoria And Albert Museum in London, Nurture Art, Craft and Folk Art Museum LA, CUE Art Foundation, International Print Center NY, and the Lower East Side Printshop. Some of the grants she has received include the Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant, the NYFA Fellowship in Printmaking/Drawing/Artists Books, and the Jerome Hill Finalist Grant. Adili is a Jameel Prize finalist. Library of Congress, Rutgers University, Yale University, and University of Michigan, are a few collections Adili’s artist books live in.

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