Cima Rahmankhah
Echoes of Many

January 17, 2015 - February 7, 2015

Cima Rahmankhah’s canvases depict narrative fragments distilled from centuries-old Persian proverbs and idioms. These ancient words, which still permeate through the regional languages, are Cima’s takeoff point. In her visual adaptations, the essence of these phrases becomes distorted through a modern lens. The idiomatic context is further complicated by the tableaux’ portrayed characters, all played by Cima. In these frozen narrative moments, Cima represents her many imagined selves. It is role play as a means to locate herself amidst ancient words as they slowly dissolve into a contemporary condition.

Born in Iran, Cima received her MFA from Art Center College of Design, Pasadena in 2012 and a BA from CSU San Marcos in 2008. Her work has most recently been exhibited at the Fundación Canal de Isabel II, Madrid; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Puerto Rico; and Museo Universitario del Chopo, Mexico. Her work has been published in New York Art Magazine and in New American Paintings. Cima lives and works in Los Angeles.