MSAC Individual Artist Award (IAA)Prior to 2012
Artist StatementA constant element in my work has been the significance of process, repetition and time. The themes explored are the temporary nature of memory, history and personal experiences related to living in exile, longing and the struggle to find identity and independence. Living in Iran was a pivotal experience for me as a young girl. The writings of Iranian poets such as Forugh Farokhzad, Sohrab Sepehri and Samad Behranghi have been great sources of inspiration. In my work, process is intimately bound to the conceptual nature of the work itself, as artifacts of memory and meditation, and the continuous ruminations associated with loss. Individual strips of paper have been marked with hand-written and printed Farsi (Persian language) text. Each strip is then tightly rolled to create a core, around which successive strips are added. During the repetitive process of adding paper strips to create individual rolls, text and symbols are revealed and often hidden within the concentric rings of the finished object. The title of each piece documents the number of individual strips of paper that complete the work.
Hadieh Shafie was born in Iran and immigrated to the United States in 1983. Although Shafie works in a variety of media, the fundamental aspects of process, repetition and time appear throughout her work. To create her scroll pieces, Shafie marks strips of paper with Farsi text and rolls them in concentric circles. Elsewhere she repeats the Farsi word for love, “eshghe”, to create diverse aesthetic results. She has been the recipient of grants from the Kress Foundation, RTKL and MSAC 2010 & 2008 Individual Artist Grant and the 2009 Mary Sawyers Baker awards from the William G. Baker Jr. Memorial Fund. Shafie’s work has been included in numerous exhibitions in the mid-Atlantic region; most recent exhibitions include Pyramid Atlantic in Silver Spring Maryland, Abrons Art Center, New York, NY, Maryland Art Place, School 33 and Goucher College in Baltimore, Al Bastakiya Art Fair, Saatchi, Dubai, UAE. Civillian Art Projects, Washington D.C. , Delaware College, Delaware, PA MSAC Gallery, Baltimore, MD Lump Gallery/Projects, Raleigh, NC, Baker Awards, The Baltimore Museum of Art.