Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara (MCASB) is pleased to announce a solo exhibition featuring Rosha Yaghmai on view from October 23, 2021 – January 9, 2022.
Rosha Yaghmai (b. 1978, Santa Monica, CA, USA) lives and works in Los Angeles. Through a sculptural practice that melds industrial and craft processes, Yaghmai’s work utilizes these provocations to alter the familiar. She uses materials such as silicon and resin for their skin-like translucency and bodily, fleshy quality. Yaghmai contrasts this softness with hard mediums like cast plaster or fiberglass to contradict the expected. Her work, in exhibition form, often takes shape as an assemblage of fragmented objects that evoke an environment of estrangement. Yaghmai is most interested in exploring themes of the psychedelic that includes feelings of transcendence and otherness. Using architectural structures like gates, doorways, courtyard walls, she hopes to push the feeling of passing through, telepathic transformation or metamorphosis. Yaghmai was the subject of a solo exhibition at CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art in San Francisco in January 2019. She was also included in the 2018 iteration of Made in LA at the Hammer Museum.
Image: Rosha Yaghmai, Afterimage, Red Eye, 2021, (detail). Acrylic and ink on organza and cotton. Framed dimensions: 60 x 43 x 2 3/4 inches (152.4 x 109.2 x 7 cm). Image courtesy the Artist and Kayne Griffin