Farnaz Khosh-Sirat is an Iranian light artist & designer based in Chicago, IL, who works mainly in video and sculpture. Strong influences of her work include a curiosity for the sublime and paradise, as well as elements of Persian patternworks and motifs symbolizing light and nature. Khosh-Sirat received her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2017 and has shown work in Genius Loci Weimar Festival and Zakaib. She has presented solo exhibitions at 3rd Coast Cafe and Siragusa Gallery. She also designed creative content and VJ'd for musicians including Ali Azimi, City of Djinn, the Silver Room and Spring Awakening.
as an Iranian who has resided in various parts of the world, i am curious about the nuances of sacred spaces in the shifting cultures around me. my work engages the audience in my exploration of spiritual truths, human behavior, healing, and human relationships to the sublime.
i utilize persian architectural structures and patterns that evoke paradise, and through the use of natural materials such as soil, grass, sugar and natural dyes, personify human fragility in the contrasting positions between man and nature. as questions about technology emerge from the use of digital tools to enhance the human experience in feeling a closer presence with the sublime, i also transform these subjects into animations and video projection-mapped installations.
as my practice progresses, i have begun to question the idea of paradise, and am invested in manipulating light within space to create pause and meditative room to celebrate an honest struggle with truth.