Silent Auction: 2012
Acrylic, ink, and vellum on paper mounted to panel
10 x 10 inches
Courtesy of the artist
Estimated retail value: $500
Starting bid at auction: $300
About the artist:
Kymia Nawabi holds a BFA and MFA in drawing and painting. She has earned several residencies and awards including LMCC Swing Space (2008 and 2010), Nominee/Fellowship with Aljira Emerge10 Program (2008), NYFA Grant/Fellowship (2009), visiting artist/lecturer at ECU, UF (2012), and Westchester Community College (2010). Nawabi served as a panelist for NYFA fellowships for printmaking, drawing, and book arts in 2011 and 2012 and has also been invited to be the commencement speaker for ECU's College of Fine Arts in 2012. Nawabi's works have been showcased in prestigious spaces, including her solo exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum (2012) and the Queens Museum International Biennale (2009). In 2011, Nawabi won the second season of the Bravo's reality television competition "Work of Art: The Next Great Artist."
LMCC residencies: Swing Space, 120 Broadway, 2008; Swing Space, 77 Water Street, 2010
About the work:
Observing Nawabi's study, Bound, there is a subtle sculptural quality to the two-dimensional work. Layers of splattered paint begin to resemble soil and earth, while flecks of glitter push the illusion of faux rock adding a sense of whimsy to the work. Using woodcut tools, the dried paint has been carved back away to make way for the ink drawn rope that weaves in and out of the material. Ultimately, there is a strange sense of an ambiguous environmental system that is all tied together.