Soft Souls: Artist Hoda Zarbaf animates Intimate Experiences through her Textile Sculptures
The latest sculptural series by the Iranian-Canadian artist Hoda Zarbaf, Soft Souls, is scheduled to be unveiled on Wednesday April 1, 2015 at Walnut Contemporary in Toronto. Co-curated by Raquel Vilhena and Sanam Samanian, the show softly renders the intimate—and often unspoken—feminal realities. The pieces each reveal a secretive, yet tangible moment in solitude - together narrating a tale of womanly existence.
Imaginative and carefully hand-stitched, each sculpture is made up of recycled textiles, pre-owned clothing, abandoned furniture and orphan dolls. These used materials are not only representative of past experiences, but also reminiscent of lost innocence. Controlled yet disorderly stitches unify the soft materials to solid furnishings, creating large figurative sculptures that evoke feminine tropes and bodily dysfunctions. They are women captured in the midst of existence: soft, true, and raw.
Much like the nature of their creator, contradictory concepts are running threads that bind the pieces: permanence and fragility; pain and pleasure; old and new; innocence and vice all sit together in a theatrical, animated presence. The curation of Soft Souls emphasizes universal commonalities. It presents these figures as unfiltered and erotic storytellers on a stage, each whispering about a stagnant experience.
Walnut Contemporary presents the entire collection on the evening of Wednesday April 1, 2015.
Videographer: Parastoo Anoshahpour