Shirin Gallery NY is pleased to present the solo exhibition of Iranian-born, New York-based artist, Roya Farassat. The exhibition, entitled Chaos, A Mind of Its Own, features new paintings inspired by Rorschach inkblots. Made with an instinctive love for detail and symmetry, Farassat’s works on paper reveal multiple layers of depth, and represent the more haunting and turbulent side of nature. Initially, what seems to look like an accidental spill matures to a ghostlike explosion that rises like smoke and leaves debris of delicate stains, linear lines, and thickened shadows.
Within her work, Farassat describes a feeling of loss and melancholy, as a reaction to the violence and destruction that surrounds everyday life. Two series in particular, “Turbulence” and “Contained,” convey such sentiments through a careful balance of abstraction and representation. In describing her process, Farassat explains that the Rorschach-ink blot approach “has been to spill or apply paint with a brush on one side of a folded paper, press and reopen to discover biomorphic forms that resemble humans, animals and plants. [She] repeats this process multiple times, each time crafting it with more deliberate brush strokes.” The results are fragments of looming landscapes that render the unconscious and reflect the harsh realities of our time. “My work is always changing in form,” Farassat writes. “It finds its beauty in the grotesque, and humor in the most absurd.”
Roya Farassat’s work was recently included in an exhibition that travelled from the Queens Museum to the Taubman Museum in Roanoke, Virginia. She has exhibited her paintings and sculptures in numerous solo and group shows across the U.S. and abroad, including art fairs in New York, Miami, Dubai, and Kuwait.