Printmaking, Installation, Mixed-Media
Pantea Karimi is a painter and printmaker and also holds a professional degree with work experience in graphic design, all of which have influenced her fine art aesthetic and practice. Her work is an exploration into the pages of medieval and early modern scientific manuscripts, particularly, Persian, Arab and European and the longue durée (long term) exchange of scientific knowledge across these cultures. In particular, she researches visual representations in medieval mathematics, medicinal botany, anatomy, optics and cartography. In her research project, Karimi examines how illustrations in ancient scientific manuscripts played a role in communicating knowledge and how the broader aesthetic considerations of science were closely related to art. Karimi uses installations, works on paper, Virtual Reality and video projections to create a novel and dynamic visual interpretation of the scientific concepts and ideas presented in the manuscripts.
Pantea Karimi has given lectures and artist talks in museums and universities including The LASER (Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous) series in the San Francisco Bay Area and has exhibited her works in diverse solo, group and traveling exhibitions in Iran, Algeria, Germany, Croatia, Mexico, the UK, and the United States. Her works are in private and public collections and have been featured in several publications in Iran, Italy, Croatia, the UK and the United States. She is the recipient of the 2016-2017 Kala Fellowship-Residency Award; and the 2010 Distinguished Artist Award by the City of Cupertino Fine Arts Commission; and the 2011 Multicultural Arts Leadership Initiative Fellowship. Karimi is a faculty member in the Departments of Visual Arts at Cabrillo College in Aptos and Gavilan College in Gilroy.
Selected Works by the Artist