Hoda Zarbaf Examines Women’s Intimate Experiences Through Fabric Sculptures

by Nastia VoynovskayaPosted on

Probably one of the best people to go thrifting with, Hoda Zarbaf utilizes recycled fabrics and old furniture to hand-stitch ornate sculptures. Using sexuality and humor, Zarbaf interrogates representations of womanhood through abstract forms. There’s her chair sculpture with a vulva-like cushion, Vaginal Rapture, with rainbow shapes exploding out of it like an epic moment of release. Another piece, Down-time, features a dominatrix-like woman reclining on a big cushion. Farsi text on her back alludes to her sensitive heart, which contrasts the stereotypes that come to mind because of her tattoos and fishnets. Zarbaf’s work delves into women’s intimate moments and emerges with a three-dimensional portrayal of varied experiences.

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