GOLI – Paintings are a zone where reality and dream, color and form are suspended. They are poetic expressions that transcend the object and become icon of sensory impressions. Most such paintings are at the danger of falling into the abyss of decoration, but her paintings, while at first appearing decorative, soon evoke myriad sensations that are often burdened by distress and a sense of loss. This is perhaps due to the fact that her abstract treatment of the form is not free of objective connections.
Her paintings communicate a sense of subjective relations to a world whose many faces of tragedy, joy, insecurity and love are coalesced into one. The ambiguity in her paintings is shadowy zones where we recognize so much of our world and selves. Through a simple and laconic depiction of a form she opens doors into volumes of thoughts and sensations.
Significantly, her paintings mediate the tensions that are symptomatic of contemporary art. The warm and luminescent color palette, the mysterious forms lead to unified sense of energies often lacking in post-modernism. Her paintings are less about thinking and more about intriguing energies from which they have arisen.
Goli Mahallati graduated with a Bachelors from the University of Tehran in 1977 and with her Masters from AIC (American International College) in Massachusetts in 1979. She worked for several years studying for her PHD at U Mass (University of Massachusetts) until she eventually moved to Southern California, where she now resides
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