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Torabi's paintings lampoon the traditional patriarchal power dynamics of her native Iran in their mocking depictions of male protagonists. She gives them an emasculated and clown-like appearance, with simple button-like eyes, injured or missing noses, unnatural skin tones and tacked-on mustaches. The watercolor-like fluidity of her works is achieved by using fabric dye in a distinctive transfer process. As a result, some scenes look like playing-card silhouettes, while others are reminiscent of circus posters or mugshots.
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Orkideh Torabi’s paintings lampoon Iranian patriarchal society, depicting men as clown-like figures. She uses a special technique of hand-painting every image with dye on stretched cotton to create imperfectly saturated surfaces that are both vivid and lurid. Born in Tehran, Torabi’s work draws attention to the personal, political and social issues facing Iranian women in a society where they appear completely absent.