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Kymia Nawabi

Tandem Pursuits: Armor and Ichthyology 
Glyndor Gallery | September 15–December 1, 2013

Eyes See Through You All the Way Through, 2012
Brass, copper, cotton, leather and patina
15” x 15” x 15”
Courtesy of the artist

Kymia Nawabi’s paintings, drawings, sculptures and animations are based on appropriated and invented mythologies. She explores and combines depictions and iconographies related to the life cycle, particularly drawing inspiration from Egyptian religion and its gods. The pieces here are part of a larger body of work, Not For Long, My Forlorn, which explores life and death through her own personal folklore. The drawing depicts a burial ceremony in which a group of female figures—part animal, part human and part deity—gather. They are celestial, as shown in the airily painted feet and legs, but also grounded in earthly conceptions of strength and resilience, as seen in the ornate armor they wear on their heads. The accompanying headdress, a three-dimensional realization of one of these armored head coverings, brings these fictional beings into the realm of reality.

Nawabi’s work has been exhibited at the Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY; The Greenville Museum of Art, Greenville, NC; The Lower East Side Printshop, New York, NY; Phillips de Pury & Company, New York, NY; and the Queens Museum of Art, Flushing, NY. She has participated in residencies at the Lower East Side Printshop, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Swing Space and Aljira Emerge 10 Program. She was the winner of the 2011 season of Bravo’s television show Work of Art: The Next Great Artist. Nawabi received a BFA from East Carolina University and an MFA from the College of Fine Arts at the University of Florida.

The Soul Purpose, 2011
Ink and watercolor on paper
72” x 96”
Courtesy of the artist 

Eyes See Through You All the Way Through, 2012
Brass, copper, cotton, leather and patina
15” x 15” x 15”
Courtesy of the artist
Photo: Ken Goebel

The Arts at Wave Hill are supported by Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc., Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and by the Cathy and Stephen Weinroth Commissioning Fund for the Arts. 
 

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