For Both Directions At Once, Golbanou Moghaddas creates an installation using etchings and mural painting. She invites the viewer to follow her lyrical and personal narratives. Inspired by Persian miniatures and manuscripts, the content in her work is enriched by metaphors of philosophy, poetry, existential beliefs and personal perceptions. She embraces significant moments in her life and tells stories as she etches the images onto each plate.
Golbanou is an Iranian Narrative Visual Artist based in San Francisco, California. She moved from Tehran to London in 2008 where she completed an MA in Communication Design at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. She is a winner of the Best of British Illustration 2011 and the illustrator of The Book of Barely Imagined Beings Published by Granta Publication, UK. In 2012 she was awarded an MFA fellowship from San Francisco Art Institute, which brought her to the west coast. In the Bay Area, she has worked with Master Printer Paul Mullowney. She is a recipient of the Murphy and Cadogan Contemporary Art Award in 2013, Manhattan Graphics Center Scholarship 2016, and Kala Art Institute Fellowship 2017-18. Her work has been exhibited at the Museum of London, Kensington Palace and Bankside Gallery in the UK, as well as SOMarts Cultural Center, Skylight Gallery of San Francisco Public Library, Kala Art Institute, Richmond Art Center, San Francisco Center for the Books, Arc Gallery, and The Peninsula Museum of Art in the USA. She’s currently a Fellowship Artist at Kala Art Institute in Berkeley, California.