I was born in Iran and moved to England in 1985. I am a multidisciplinary artist who has a passion for making artists’ books. In 1995 I received a BA (Hons) in Fine Art from the London Guildhall University. In 1997 I received an MA in Design & Media Arts from the University of Westminster. In 2001 I received a Certificate of Education from the University of Westminster. While continuing my art practice, I taught at Harrow College from 1998 until 2015 as a part time lecturer. Since then I have dedicated my time to my art and exhibiting my work in both solo and group exhibitions in England and abroad.
BATOOL SHOWGHI MA
As a multidisciplinary artist I have a passion for making artists’ books and family albums. My work moves between photography, illustrations, painting and textiles evolving from single images to books, images in boxes or larger mixed media pieces.
My artwork is concerned with my cultural heritage, memory, identity and loss. As an Iranian woman who has experienced discrimination through cultural and religious boundaries, such issues and subject matters are repeatedly addressed in my work.
There is a sense of story telling and narrative in my photography and mixed media work, which repeats and continues as you look at the body of work. The narratives are translated into still imageries and words, which are not separable. The transposition of my reflections into multiple layers using different mediums adds density and slows down the passing of time.
I use the medium of photography in the form of artists’ books, collages and mixed media manipulations to convey my stories. The thread and stitching here symbolizes restrictions of movement and confinement.
My work has been exhibited since 1988 here and abroad. I have shown in London at: the Royal Academy Summer Exhibitions, The Mall Galleries, the Phoenix Art Gallery in Brighton, Harrow Open Studios, The Asia House Fair and London Art Book Fairs. I have also exhibited in museums, galleries and universities. My work can be found in public and private collections, e.g. Tate Britain, The Royal Navy Museum in Portsmouth (five books for the ‘New Found Treasures’ exhibition), the Museum of Art and Literature, Yerevan, Armenia, Middlesex University, Thames Valley University, and the Aaran Gallery in Tehran.