Pantea Karimi and Andy Muonio
Pantea Karimi and Andy Muonio are painters and printmakers with different approaches to form and color yet each working with the human relationship to the environment, history, the archive, and memory.
Pantea Karimi’s work is an exploration of medieval and early modern scientific manuscripts, particularly, Persian, Arab and European and the long-term exchange of knowledge across these cultures. Her current body of work concentrates on medieval medicinal botanical manuscripts. By revisiting these manuscripts through the lens of art, Karimi highlights the visual elements of the botanical manuscripts as well as the plants’ healing properties and current human connection to the natural elements. She uses silkscreen, ink, watercolor or graphite on paper as well as wood, velum and fabric to create unique visual interpretations of the scientific concepts and ideas presented in the manuscripts.
Drawing upon his personal memory and image archive, Andy Muonio’s current body of work concentrates on urban and natural landscapes of the South Bay; particularly the rebirth of the watersheds, and the urban interaction with this changing environment: marshes, salt-flats, water treatment plants, creeks, and trails. In his monoprints and oil and acrylic paintings, he uses expressive marks and dynamic palettes.