Hedieh Javanshir Ilchi (Iranian, born 1981) explores the notion of duality, which is closely related to her multifaceted identity as an Iranian American immigrant.
Her paintings function as metaphors for the complexities that emanate from such polarized cultural experiences and reflect an interest in the fusion of visual conventions of Western abstraction and Persian Art. Ilchi places an emphasis on the ornamentations of “Tazhib”, or the art of illumination. The resulting synthesis of Persian and Western artistic practices evokes allegories of intrusion and invasion, moving beyond the personal and referencing the historical and contemporary sociopolitical conflicts.
Born in Tehran, Ilchi is currently an artist in residence at the Arlington Arts Center in Virginia. Her many awards include the Bethesda Painting Award, Robyn Rafferty Mathias International Research Mellon Grant from American University, and Sons of the Revolution in the District of Columbia American Art Essay Prize. Ilchi received a BFA with honors from the Corcoran College of Art + Design in 2006 and and MFA in Studio Art from American University in 2011. Ilchi currently lives and works in the Washington DC metro area.