Having trained with master calligraphers, the Iranian artist Golnaz Fathi has used her academic background to develop a new and abstract approach to using traditional lettering forms in her work. Paradoxically, by making words illegible, Fathi aims to make her work more comprehensible, through liberating words from the constraints of language.
“I studied calligraphy, but in my painting I work on destroying the word. I learnt all these intricate rules and one day started kicking all these down. I had to learn calligraphy to perfection in order to take it apart,” Fathi says.
Golnaz Fathi Untitled 2016 Rollerball and Acrylic on Canvas
Until 28 January The Third Line gallery in Al Quoz is exhibiting Line/Khat, Fathi’s latest body of work which continues to explore the limitations of traditional calligraphy by using unconventional media such as ballpoint and rollerball pens. Featuring a selection of the artist’s diaries and notebooks, along with works on paper and canvas that are as unreadable as they are personal, Line/Khat offers audiences an intimate journey into a world unknown.
Golnaz Fathi Numbers 2016 Pen on Chinese Paper
By exhibiting her work in the form of diaries and notebooks, Fathi allows for audiences to gain an understanding of her meditative and creative process, which she draws upon to create abstract mindscapes.
Line/Khat is on display at The Third Line Gallery, Dubai, until 28 January, 2017.