Pushing the Boundaries of Convention through Art
Asa Soltan Rahmati was born in Ahwaz, Iran, in 1976. The backdrop of her childhood consisted of the Pahlavi dynasty, the Islamic revolution in 1979, and then the almost decade-long war between Iran and Iraq. Asa and her family fled to Germany in 1984 and lived there as political refugees for eight years before once more seeking political asylum, this time in the United States. Her politics are personal, and her artistic work draws on her life as a refugee.
The mysterious lady in the bathtub above is Asa Soltan Rahmati, Iranian artist and co-owner, with her filmmaker husband Shaheen Cheyene, of an amazing house in Venice, CA that’s the subject of a recent home renovation story in the LA Times. Soltan Rahmati’s work deals a lot with identity and nostalgia, and I’ve been following her career from afar since I bought this awesome tank top she designed, nearly six years ago. It’s cool to peek into her life/work via this story, too. From the story:
“The well-ordered plan doesn’t mean a certain level of chaos doesn’t reign within this home. For this couple, reconciling their personal aesthetic with their architects’ design philosphy meant departing from the sort of tastefully arranged modernist vignettes one might see in a Design Within Reach catalog or Robertson Boulevard storefront. Rather, they spread their vast accumulation of belongings throughout the house in a carefree fashion, a celebration of artful disorder.”
To actually get an idea of what that really means, see the photo gallery of their dreamy house.
This is one her more popular music videos on youtube.