Leili Khabiri

B ritish-Iranian artist Leili Khabiri (b.1997) began studying at The Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam and completed her BA in fine art at City and Guilds of London Art School. Primarily textiles based, her practice focuses on the importance of process, approaching art in a ritualistic rather than artistic manner. Her interests are in dreams, the history of religion, symbolism in nature, language and poetry, alchemy and the occult.

“I find it to be a limitation to think of a piece in its end form, that it is purely just an artistic expression. The importance of process could then be lost, and I find my thoughts begin to stagnate. If I’m spending a great amount of time alone making something, then that process for me is what should be paramount. Separate time thinking of ideas is no different from any other time spent in thought, as this is where the idea of striving for an outcome in a piece begins, this separation is what I want to avoid.

I intentionally chose methods like weaving, a method that does not produce immediate results but where the maker is forced to spend great amounts of time with the piece, this in turn creates a piece that almost possess the makers energy, not just by the physical touch one has with the piece when weaving, but also ones intentions or sentiments are woven into the material. Each work is not a vessel to depict a certain subject, or created in a manner striving to seek the final outcome of an idea, rather a non-deliberate continuation from one piece to the next”.

Selected exhibitions include: Bargehouse OXO Tower Gallery, London (2021); Unit 1 Gallery, London (2020); Art Hill Gallery, London (2019); Plan B Gallery, Amsterdam (2018).

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