Amigh bringing unique art concepts to Northwestern's Artist-In-Residence program

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Amigh bringing unique art concepts to Northwestern's Artist-In-Residence program

January 28, 2016

 Artist In Residence Work

Roeya Amigh, an artist from Khuzestan, Iran, will spend the next couple of months developing a body of artwork and teaching students within the Northwestern Oklahoma State University visual arts program as its Artist-in-Residence.

Kyle Larson, assistant professor of art and director of the visual arts program, said that Amigh’s residency begins Feb. 1 and will last through March, so he encourages those interested to stop by the Jesse Dunn Art Annex to visit with and welcome her to campus.

Larson said that Amigh will be working on her artwork in JDA232 and will assist in teaching visual arts courses and providing feedback to the students. She also will conduct a workshop for the Alva community, as well as have a culminating art exhibition of the work she creates at Northwestern during the annual First Friday Art Walk event on April 1 in downtown Alva.

"Roeya's work has a lot to do with the environment it is created in, and I look forward to seeing how Northwestern Oklahoma's environment influences her process,” Larson said. “I hope that students are able to see Roeya's dedication and strong work ethic towards her artistic practice, and that the students will be inspired to explore history and literature in their own work."

Amigh graduated from the Science and Culture University in Tehran with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 2007. She earned a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) from Central Azad University in Tehran in 2010, and an MFA in painting from Boston University in 2012.

“I am motivated to make work that resembles the set of a play or a synthetic epic,” Amigh said of her work. “My work intersects my identity as an Iranian woman in relation to society’s constructs and mythologies.

“When I start a piece, my process begins in a tedious and slow manner. I render a large quantity of small drawings by gluing many small bits of thread together. I borrow text from the myths of the phoenix, dragon, and the Daeva as written by the Persian poets Rumi, Ferdowsi and Hafez and imagery from Persian miniatures. I cut many triangles of fabric. Then I incorporate structural elements of fabric and wood, and connect the drawings with these materials. I use every element in my work to create a different line.

“All the elements in the work collectively give rise to their own narrative along with a retelling of my personal mythology. This forms a body of work in which numerous interpretations and outcomes are evoked. Certain recreated imagery and text carry over in future work, giving them a new meaning and history.

“My work is concerned with a physical haptic relationship with the narrative. It is influenced by the space I am working in and its exterior and interior light. Utilizing inexpensive materials such as paper, thread, fabric and wood is important to me, as I am concerned with the fragile, temporal aspects of my work and uninterested in its preservation. Dedicating a significant amount of time to my practice results in work that will ultimately deteriorate.”

Amigh has been a part of many prestigious residencies in recent years, such as the ArtHub Residency in Kingman, Arizona; the Vermont Studio Center in Vermont; the Drop Forge and Tool Residency in Hudson, New York; BetterArts Residency in Redwood, New York; the Contemporary Artists Center at Woodside in Troy, New York; the League Residency at Vyt in Hudson Valley, New York; the Can Serrat Art Residency in Barcelona, Spain; and the Elsewhere Studios Art Residency in Paonia, Colorado.

To view pieces of Amigh’s artwork online visit

To learn more about the Artist-in-Residence program or Northwestern’s visual arts program, contact Larson at (580) 327-8108 or