Hadieh Shafie Artworks

Highly detailed and process-oriented, Hadieh Shafie's bright paper works bear intricate designs, containing handwritten notes concealed between folds and often produced on large-scale paper exceeding a metre in length and width.

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Process

Repetition, process, and time are recurrent themes in Shafie's meticulous sculptures. Each work is made by stacking, rolling, and spiking coiled paper strips, painted with alternating hues.

Shafie makes use of a limited colour palette for each work, alternating the hues of each band to create new colour combinations. Decisions are made every step along the way, as scrolls are set side by side, much like a painting or a sculpture.

In paper scroll works like the 'Saayeha' (2016) series, rolled paper containing handwritten and printed text repeating the Farsi word eshgh (love/passion) on individual strips, well concealed within the whirling geometric patterns, obscure the artist's search for understanding and acceptance.

Love and Passion

Eshgh as an ideal and promise returns throughout Shafie's work, as seen in her early thesis exhibition September Promise (1996), a series of eshgh drawings on mylar, and her first video installation Spin (1995). Both are inspired by the Sama dance of the whirling dervish, a Sufi ceremony performed as remembrance.

Eshgh Distorted (2017), made two decades later, featured a stacked paper work combined with ink and acrylic, showing Farsi calligraphy both inside the folds and on the paper surface—the same call for love and acceptance now distorted by the paper's relief.

Spontaneity and Control

Throughout Shafie's process tensions between spontaneity and control emerge with every decision. As paper strips are added and folded, handwritten texts and symbols are concealed within the rings, no longer accessible to the eye, relinquished to eternal churning.

The same tensions can be noticed in mixed-media works like the 'Draw/Cut/Rotate' series, which show coiled geometric shapes distorted by reliefs on an uneven surface, rendered along the spectrum of cool primary shades.

In Draw/Cut/Rotate 17 (2019), whirling circles sit inside an uneven rectangle, threatening to recoil and spin away. The same control seen in Shafie's 2007 'Grid Cut Peel' series, where dense patterns swallow the museum board, is relinquished despite the simplified composition and the matter of fact titling.

Different segments maintain a tight balance in 'Transition Series', in which vertical, diagonal, or zigzag stacks of paper alternate with areas of rolled paper. Colours vary in each work, from the pale hues making up Fragments in White (Transition Series) (2022) to the more saturated blues, pinks, and oranges in Manuscript Diagonal (Transition Series) (2022), both exhibited in Shafie's solo presentation within these pages at Yavuz Gallery in Sydney.

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Red (Quinacridone Red) 《红》 by Hadieh Shafie contemporary artwork works on paper, mixed media
Hadieh Shafie Red (Quinacridone Red) 《红》, 2023 Stacked and rolled paper, ink, acrylic
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Black Spike by Hadieh Shafie contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, sculpture, drawing
Hadieh Shafie Black Spike, 2022 Rolled and stacked paper containing handwritten and printed Farsi text, water-based ink and acrylics
39.4 x 31.8 x 16.51 cm
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White Spike by Hadieh Shafie contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, sculpture, drawing
Hadieh Shafie White Spike, 2022 Rolled and stacked paper containing handwritten and printed Farsi text, water-based ink and acrylics
39.4 x 31.8 x 16.51 cm
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Manuscript 3 by Hadieh Shafie contemporary artwork sculpture
Hadieh Shafie Manuscript 3, 2022 Rolled and stacked paper containing handwritten and printed Farsi text, water-based ink and acrylics
39.4 x 31.8 x 8.89 cm
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Manuscript Zig Zag 2 by Hadieh Shafie contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, sculpture, drawing
Hadieh Shafie Manuscript Zig Zag 2, 2022 Rolled and stacked paper containing handwritten and printed Farsi text, water-based ink and acrylics
39.4 x 31.8 x 8.89 cm
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Fragments in White (Transition Series) by Hadieh Shafie contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, sculpture, drawing
Hadieh Shafie Fragments in White (Transition Series), 2022 Stacked, rolled and spiked paper with embedded handwritten and printed text, Ink and acrylics
156 x 110 x 14 cm
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Fragments in Black (Transition Series) by Hadieh Shafie contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, sculpture, drawing
Hadieh Shafie Fragments in Black (Transition Series), 2022 Stacked, rolled, and spiked paper with embedded handwritten and printed text, Ink and acrylics
156 x 110 x 14 cm
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Manuscript Zig Zag (Transition Series) by Hadieh Shafie contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, sculpture, drawing
Hadieh Shafie Manuscript Zig Zag (Transition Series), 2022 Stacked, rolled, and spiked paper with embedded handwritten and printed text, Ink and acrylics
156 x 110 x 14 cm
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Manuscript Diagonal (Transition Series) by Hadieh Shafie contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, sculpture, drawing
Hadieh Shafie Manuscript Diagonal (Transition Series), 2022 Stacked, rolled, and spiked paper with embedded handwritten and printed text, Ink and acrylics
156 x 110 x 14 cm
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Manuscript Zig Zag White(Transition Series) by Hadieh Shafie contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, sculpture
Hadieh Shafie Manuscript Zig Zag White(Transition Series), 2022 Stacked, rolled, and spiked paper with embedded handwritten and printed text, Ink and acrylics
156 x 110 x 14 cm
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Manuscript Zig Zag Black (Transition Series) by Hadieh Shafie contemporary artwork painting, sculpture
Hadieh Shafie Manuscript Zig Zag Black (Transition Series), 2022 Stacked, rolled and spiked paper with embedded handwritten and printed text, ink and acrylics
156 x 110 x 14 cm
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Draw/ Cut/ Rotate 16 by Hadieh Shafie contemporary artwork painting
Hadieh Shafie Draw/ Cut/ Rotate 16, 2019 Colour pencil on cut acid free mat board
50.8 x 40.6 cm
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Draw/ Cut/ Rotate 15 by Hadieh Shafie contemporary artwork painting, drawing
Hadieh Shafie Draw/ Cut/ Rotate 15, 2019 Colour pencil on cut acid free mat board
50.8 x 40.6 cm
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Saayeaha (Trans. Shadows 3) by Hadieh Shafie contemporary artwork painting, sculpture
Hadieh Shafie Saayeaha (Trans. Shadows 3), 2016 Rolled paper containing handwritten and printed Farsi text 'Eshgh Love/Passion', water based ink and acrylics
80 x 80 x 11.4 cm
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Saayeha 4 (Trans. Shadows 4) by Hadieh Shafie contemporary artwork works on paper, sculpture
Hadieh Shafie Saayeha 4 (Trans. Shadows 4), 2016 Rolled paper containing handwritten and printed Farsi text 'Eshgh Love/Passion' water based ink and acrylics
80 x 80 x 11.4 cm
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Grid Cut Peel Orange 1 by Hadieh Shafie contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, drawing
Hadieh Shafie Grid Cut Peel Orange 1, 2017 Ink on paper on carved and peeled museum board
101.5 x 76.2 x 8.2 cm
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Grid Cut Peel Yellow 1 by Hadieh Shafie contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, drawing
Hadieh Shafie Grid Cut Peel Yellow 1, 2017 Ink on paper on carved and peeled museum board
101.5 x 76.2 x 8.2 cm
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Eshgh and Dots Distorted by Hadieh Shafie contemporary artwork painting
Hadieh Shafie Eshgh and Dots Distorted, 2017 Stacked paper containing handwritten and printed Farsi text 'Eshgh', ink and acrylic
35.6 x 27.9 x 7.6 cm
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Eshgh Distorted by Hadieh Shafie contemporary artwork painting
Hadieh Shafie Eshgh Distorted, 2017 Stacked paper containing handwritten and printed Farsi text 'Eshgh', ink and acrylic
35.6 x 27.9 x 7.6 cm
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Draw/Cut/Rotate 16 by Hadieh Shafie contemporary artwork works on paper, drawing
Hadieh Shafie Draw/Cut/Rotate 16, 2019 Colour pencil on cut acid free mat board
50.8 x 40.6 cm
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Draw/Cut/Rotate 15 by Hadieh Shafie contemporary artwork works on paper, drawing
Hadieh Shafie Draw/Cut/Rotate 15, 2019 Colour pencil on cut acid free mat board
50.8 x 40.6 cm
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Draw/Cut/Rotate 19 by Hadieh Shafie contemporary artwork works on paper, drawing
Hadieh Shafie Draw/Cut/Rotate 19, 2019 Colour pencil on cut acid free mat board
101.6 x 81.3 cm
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Draw/Cut/Rotate 17 by Hadieh Shafie contemporary artwork works on paper, drawing
Hadieh Shafie Draw/Cut/Rotate 17, 2019 Colour pencil on cut acid free mat board
50.8 x 40.6 cm
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Draw/Cut/Rotate 18 by Hadieh Shafie contemporary artwork works on paper, drawing
Hadieh Shafie Draw/Cut/Rotate 18, 2019 Colour pencil on cut acid free mat board
50.8 x 40.6 cm
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Manuscript 5 by Hadieh Shafie contemporary artwork works on paper, sculpture, drawing
Hadieh Shafie Manuscript 5, 2023 Rolled paper containing handwritten and printed Farsi text, water-based ink and acrylics
39.4 x 31.8 x 8.89 cm
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Seven Colors by Hadieh Shafie contemporary artwork works on paper, sculpture
Hadieh Shafie Seven Colors, 2023 Rolled paper containing handwritten and printed Farsi text, water-based ink and acrylics
39.4 x 31.8 x 8.89 cm
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