I have become obsessed with the work of Kymia Nawabi. She just won Bravo’s Work of Art and has a solo show at the Brooklyn Museum. I would fly across the country to see this exhibit if I had the money. Her drawing style, scale, and exploration of ideas are a huge inspiration to me. The following is a quote about the exhibition from the Brooklyn Museum. If you live in or near New York, check her out, the show is up until February 5th.
“Nawabi’s presentation, which she titled Not for Long, My Forlorn when it appeared on the final episode of Work of Art, may be seen as an expression of both her personal mythology and her ideas on the cyclical nature of life. Produced over a period of three months, it includes twelve paintings and two sculptures inspired by the Egyptian deity Thoth, most often represented as a man with the head of an ibis. Nawabi appropriates the idea of Thoth as the god who holds the universe in balance and who greets the deceased in the afterlife. Her work also incorporates the Ouroboros, an ancient symbol of eternity that is often depicted in the shape of a snake eating its own tail. Viewed by the artist as a positive force, the snake, which sheds its skin, becomes a metaphor for renewal and the passage from one form of life to the next.”