Raheleh (Minoosh) Zomorodinia is an Iranian-born interdisciplinary artist who makes visible the emotional and psychological reflections of her mind’s eye inspired by nature and her environments. Having immigrated from Iran to the USA in 2009, her work expresses the uncertainty of living in the USA caused by the tension between her country of origin and the USA. Over the past three years she has used iphone applications to track walks, which map imaginary spaces as if they are sites of homes. These delineated spaces draw boundaries in space and use the app to challenge the notion of power and ownership. Zomorodinia earned her MFA in new genres from the San Francisco Art Institute, and holds a Masters degree in Graphic Design and BA in Photography from Azad University in Tehran. She has received several awards, residences, and grants including the Kala Media Fellowship Award, Headlands Center for the Arts, Ox-Bow School of Art and Artists’ Residency, I-park Foundation, Santa Fe Art Institute Residency, Djerassi Residency, the Alternative Exposure Award and California Art Council grants. She has exhibited locally and internationally at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco Arts Commission, SOMARTS, Pori Art Museum, Nevada Museum of Art, and ProARTS. Her work has received press coverage in SF Chronicle, Hyperallergic, Sf Weekly, KQED, CityArts Magazine, and Tacoma Weekly News. In 2018 she joined Southern Exposure Gallery’s Curatorial Council. She currently lives and works in the Bay Area.
Deeply informed by my cultural background, religion, and politics, my work investigates the concept of self particularly how self relates to the environment. Borrowing from ritual and nature, sometimes infusing humor, I integrate contradictory concepts into pieces that visualize struggles of self. I use photography and video to document distinct moments of time spent within each space, and to reflect my emotional, psychological and subconscious experiences inspired by nature. Recently I employed walking as a catalyst for my sculptures, which reference nomadic lifestyles, as well as colonialism. These subjects interest me due to the rising costs of housing in the Bay Area, and displacement as an immigrant from Iran. I record the routes of my walks with a mapping application to transform the resulting graphics into three dimensional objects.I envision these forms as representations of virtual space where living takes place in my mind.