Headlands Center for the Arts

Sholeh Asgary

california | interdisciplinary
Affiliate Program 2019—2020

Artist Statement

I am a multidisciplinary and sound artist who works with sculpture, installation, and sound. This approach to my practice stems from my experience as part of a diaspora filled with trauma and silence. Related to these early somatic experiences, my multidisciplinary works address the way objects create disambiguation and break down language and representation. Excavating everyday objects, both found and fabricated, my practice takes on an alchemical process of distilling the symbolic representation of these objects into messengers of liminal spaces. These liminal spaces are experienced by the viewer as light and shadow, object and image, sound and silence.

While at Headlands

I wonder, what do objects hold of a place? What happens when they stare back at you? I’m less interested in what is absent in between two spaces, and more interested in the unseen forces that occupy it. Recently, this exploration has led me to examine water. This can be seen in my sound sculptures Ab, Anahita, and Qanat. I am interested in continuing this exploration through the landscape and history of the Headlands.

Selected Video Works

Angosht, 2019; video animation, sound composition; 7:21 min.; © Sholeh Asgary

Solo Sound Performance from Unable to Touch at Temescal Art Center, 2018; Live sound performance; 19:23 min.; © Sholeh Asgary

Selected Works

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