Samira Abbassy:
Voices In Her Head


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Samira Abbassy: Voices In Her Head
India ink on paper
17 × 11 in
Signature: On verso
Courtesy of the artist

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Textile patterns come to life in Iranian artist Samira Abassy’s Voices in her head. Drawing upon the iconography of her cultural identity, Abassy presents allegorical and mythological narratives in the style of Persian miniature painting. Recipient of the Joan Mitchell Award for Painting/Sculpture, Samira Abassy is a cofounder of the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, NY, and has been featured in the permanent collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the British Museum.

Samira Abbassy; born in Ahwaz, Iran, moved to London as a child. After graduating in 1987 from Canterbury College of Art with a BA, with honours, in Fine Art/Painting, she began exhibiting in London. In 1988, Abbassy moved to New York City to help found the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts Studio Program, where she currently has lifetime tenure and is a board member. Her work is shown internationally & has been acquired for private & public collections, including: the Metropolitan Museum, the British Government Art Collection, the British Museum, the Burger Collection, the Donald Rubin collection (Rubin Museum, NY), the Farjaam Collection, Dubai, the Devi Foundation, India & the Omid foundation, Iran. Her awards include: a Yaddo residency fellowship in 2006, a NYFA in 2007 & a Joan Mitchell Painting/Sculpture award in 2010. In April 2012, she was the artist in residence at the University of Virginia & has recently been nominated for the Jameel Prize.