Shiva Ahmadi - Publications - Shiva Ahmadi

"Ahmadi’s art speaks to the global desire to own the throne, to own the carpet, to raise walls, to shed blood of others, in short, to have an excess of "power, wealth, and fame. From east to west, from north to south, they all sit on gold-plated armchairs. Mediated through layers of personal trauma and collective history, the paintings set a stage for a whole world that had gone mad, that is out of control. The parallels are uncanny. The artist’s critique is incisive."                                                                             

                                                                                                                                   Talinn Grigor

"Ahmadi’s formative watercolors contain a rich index of signs and motifs that continue to inform her compositions to the present. A menagerie of animals including birds, camels, elephants, horses, and monkeys serve as players in a complex drama rife with references to the social and political hierarchies of xenophobic regimes and cross cultural conflicts. Despotic rulers atop golden thrones dictate to their subjects whose loyalties are guaranteed by their shackled limbs and the omnipresent threat of violence, death and destruction. Bubbles that morph into bombs and grim artillery factories allude to the mechanisms of international warfare."


                                                                                                                                  Michelle Yun