- Essay by Tina Barouti, PhD.
- 245 pages.
- Dimensions: 9.25” x 12.25”
- Interior pages paper: Sappi McCoy Silk, 100#T
- Binding: Perfect-bound with PUR adhesive
- Hard Cover with inset image pressed onto it
- Cover Material: Black coated linen (brand name: Arrestox B-Cloth)
- Fonts used: Avenir and Bembo Typefaces
- Designed by Ardalan Payvar
- Printed by Edition One Books in Richmond, CA
- Published by ADVOCARTSY
Shadi Yousefian was born in Tehran, Iran in 1978 and immigrated to the United States when she was sixteen. At a time when she lacked the language skills in English to express herself, she felt drawn to art in order to express her longing, vision, and experiences. She received both her Bachelor’s (2003) and Master’s (2006) of Fine Arts in photography from San Francisco State University. Yousefian’s artistic practice engages with the personal and social issues of contemporary life, particularly cultural identity and the immigrant experience. Her work reflects upon universal themes such as loss, dislocation, alienation, and reinvention.
Yousefian’s oeuvre has evolved to combine the medium of photography with other media such as wood panels, wax, resin, and light boxes in order to create mixed media compositions and, in some cases, larger sculptural and installation pieces. While her subject matter does not significantly change, her work varies stylistically from a more spontaneous expressionistic approach (as in her Self-Portraits series) to a carefully planned minimalistic and repetitive one (as in her Letters and Memories series). All of the artist’s work to date reflects the desire to capture and distill some essence of her own life as an immigrant and connect it to a more universal experience. Her work suggests and builds upon a kind of fragmentation and dissolution, but also the endeavor to reinvent and reconstruct a self in a new social and cultural context.