Rosha Yaghmai

Rosha YaghmaiArtist’s Statement

Through a sculptural practice that melds industrial and craft processes, my work utilizes these provocations to alter the familiar. I use the work as a way to pursue my continued interest in the psychedelic and out of body experience. Specifically, to explore feelings of foreignness and estrangement as a possible way to connect to other temporalities.

My work is physical. I use materials such as silicone for its skin-like translucency and bodily, fleshy quality, contrasted with hard construction mediums (often found) like steel, wood and fiberglass. By employing architectural structures like gates, doorways and courtyard walls, I hope to push the feeling of passing through, telepathic transformation or metamorphosis. I use transparent resins to enhance this potential experience of abstracting, fracturing and changing perspectives.

The works, in exhibition form, often takes shape as an assemblage of fragmented objects that evoke an environment of alienation and misunderstanding. I am interested in creating work where there is part you understand, and a part you don’t.



Select Solo Exhibitions from 2016-2019

Miraclegrow, CCA Wattis, San Francisco, CA

The Courtyard, Kayne Griffin Corcoran, Los Angeles, CA
Postcards & Pipes, Marlborough Contemporary, New York, NY

Night Walker, Cleopatras, Brooklyn, NY

Select Group Exhibitions from 2008-2018

Made in LA, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA
Objects Like Us (The Domestic Plane), The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT

Volitionaries, Commonwealth & Council, Los Angeles, CA

HOT ROCK, Transmission Gallery, Glasgow, Scotland

Select Fellowships and Awards

Bullseye Glass Residency, Los Angeles, CA

Villa Aurora Berlin Fellowship

Terra Foundation Fellowship, Giverny, France

M.F.A. 2007
California Institute Of The Arts, Valencia, CA