Taravat Talepasand/Marx & Zavatterro, San Francisco
The Censored Garden, 2008; Egg tempera and gold leaf on linen; 44 x 30 in.; Collection of Michael Frank Black, Scottsdale, Arizona.
In this interview with Taravat Talepasand, Off-Ramp's John Rabe learns that breast enhancement surgery is readily available in Iran. It seems a small and possibly "Beavis and Buttheady" point, but it says a lot about the contradictions the artist finds in the world. BONUS: on December 16, OCMA will screen "Pearls on the Ocean Floor" a documentary by Robert Adanto. It includes interviews with Taravat Talepasand along with other female Iranian artists. Click through for a clip from Adanto's documentary!
From the OCMA bio:
Taravat Talepasand, born in 1979 in the United States to Iranian parents during the Iranian Revolution. Talepasand received her MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2006 and her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2001. She lives and works in San Francisco where she shows with Marx and Zavaterro Gallery. She is currently featured in a solo exhibition at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. In addition, she has exhibited in several solo and group shows around the country including Marx & Zavattero, Leila Taghinia-Milani Heller Gallery, New York, NY; Charlie James, Los Angeles; Plane Space, New York; Glerie Sans titre, Brussels, Belgium; Akus Gallery East Connecticut State University; di Rosa Preserve, Napa, CA; and Portland Art Museum. Talepasand received the 2010 Richard C. Diebenkorn Fellowship, Irene Pijoan Memorial Painting Award and was a Murphy Cadogan Scholarship recipient. Her work is also in the permanent collection of the de Young Museum in San Francisco. Publications produced in Art in America, Art Papers, Artweek, Alarm, Artltd., Planet Magazine, SOMA Magazine, Lifescapes, New American Paintings, Metro Pop, White Hot, and THE magazine.