Untitled 4

Shiva Ahmadi Iranian-American

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Ahmadi’s sparing use of color in this drawing makes it all the more compelling. The elephants, rendered in pencil, seem to gravitate around an ambiguous red blotch that resembles a masked face. Visually, we are drawn to the human figure, whose face is also obscured with red marks. Ahmadi does not make these connections overt, but rather constructs a scene full of uncertainty and threat: elephants bound by rope, floating amidst contemporary warfare.

Untitled 4, Shiva Ahmadi (Iranian, born Tehran, 1975), Graphite and pencil on Arches paper

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