Angela and Hossein Valamanesh
Angela Valamanesh’s work is both familiar and mysterious: recognisable, but not immediately understood. Her drawings, ceramic objects, and watercolours are the result of an incredible depth of research, referencing complex scientific, historic, and philosophical ideas. Valamanesh’s imagery stems from micro- and macro-biology, historic anatomical and botanical illustrations, natural history collections, and rare books. Valamanesh’s oeuvre is populated with the animal, vegetable, and mineral with glimpses of microbes, bacteria, pathogens, and spores.
Hossein Valamanesh’s works make poetry of existence, nature, place and time – arranging natural elements – branches, seeds, foliage, bark, wood, earth, ladders and found objects from domestic life – in refined, compositions. There is a high degree of finish and neatness that can sometimes deflect the actual latent emotional content inside. His corpus is infused with gentle humanity. Artists who have followed his career speak of each new show being like an episode of a major epic poem cycle, part of a continuous whole. He has produced major public sculptures in collaboration with Angela Valamanesh and worked in several fields including set design and more recently video.