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Haleh Redjaian (b. 1971, Frankfurt) lives and works in Berlin. Her works on paper, textiles and site-specific wall installations are grounded in geometry, but she uses its rules to reshape and retrace the apparent order of angles and lines. Her compositions subtly belie their own errors and form what she calls a 'natural abstract language'. Redjaian believes that these works, nimble yet systematic, refer in part to the manner in which people create, adapt to and deviate from order in their lives. She will often base her drawings on a precise background, such as grid paper, and weave graphite into its rigid structures with rough shadings and free-radical lines. Conversely, Redjaian may overlay two pieces of grid paper, drawing directly onto their discordant lines, creating a paradoxical order in the result. A...
Redjaian’s varied work ranges from drawings and textiles to wall mounted and spatial installations. Her abstract works and complex systems of order result from lines and forms with which she continuously develops new structures, geometric forms, and compositions. Her endless serial repetitions of extremely delicate individual elements, which are evidently hand made, suggest a patient humility in terms of creating and producing, which in turn indicates an equally intense concentration of perception.
Q: Your drawings, wall pieces, and installations are subject to enormous precision. Can you provide insight into your way of working?
A: Drawing is the most important medium for me. It is the most direct way to visualize an idea without relinquishing too much information. On paper I can begin to develop an idea into different directions. Both patterns and systems of order can be strongly shaped in the process and always stand in direct relationship to objects, architectural fragments, and the nature of my immediate surroundings....