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Armita Raafat

Raafat at work in her studio at Wave Hill. Image by Joshua Bright.

Winter Workspace 2019
Glyndor Gallery | January 2–February 17

Armita Raafat holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Al-Zahra University in Iran and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Painting from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has further developed her practice in residencies with the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, The Bronx Museum of Art and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, among others. Her work has been exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, the Bronx Museum of Art and in galleries throughout the U.S. and abroad.

Raafat explores Islamic architectural components, patterns and ornamentation. Joining her fellow artists as a member of the 2019 Winter Workspace program, Raafat will continue her investigation of the architectonic motif muqarnas, and her sculptural practice of working with fabrics, cut mirrors, ceramics and metal mesh. Engaging with histories of Persian gardens and architectural ornamentation that reflect both nature and paradisal aspiration, Raafat will create new patterns and motifs from the architectural details of Glyndor Gallery and the flora of Wave Hill gardens.

Untitled, 2016, 86x41 Inches, resin, plastic, tile, fabric, paint, site-specific installation.

Learn more about the artist here.

The Arts at Wave Hill are supported by the Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc.; Michael J. Shannon; Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation; the National Endowment for the Arts; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; New York Community Trust Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; The Pollock-Krasner Foundation; The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation; and by the Cathy and Stephen Weinroth Commissioning Fund for the Arts.