Reclamation Reading Room: Monir

Zenobia Morrow Monir

For April’s Reclamation Reading Room I want to talk about Women and Art. As an artist I’m always interested in other women artists processes and how they build lives around their work.

Monir Shahroudy Farmanfamarian Is an artist whose work I really love. I was introduced to her pieces by my friend who is a collector. I could not believe that I had never heard of her! She is one of the most prominent contemporary Iranian artists living today. Her work takes the traditional mirror mosaicing known throughout Iran and thrust it into the high art context. What’s really interesting is her story, which you can find more of in the two books recommended here. She became a darling of the contemporary NY art scene in the 60s, later during the revolution she was exiled from Iran for 20 years. She married twice and had two daughters all while working as a full time artist. Although she had wealth and resources her story is inspiring in that it was difficult for women in her era to have the opportunity to make art and to turn away from traditional life.

Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian: Cosmic Geometry by Nader Ardalan

Monir Sharoudy Farmanfarmaian: Infinite Possibility Mirror Works And Drawings 1974-2014 by S Cotter, M Farzin S Balaghi