The Science Of Imagination series, 2014, is inspired by the compositional aspects of scientific illuminated manuscripts of the Medieval and Early Modern Middle East. My manuscript pages feature text, old and contemporary technological images in invented grids. The works in this series consist of hand-drawn individual forms, dots and lines that are derived from Persian Nasta’liq scripts but are not legible.
A resident of San Jose, CA, Pantea Karimi earned her MFA in printmaking and painting from San Jose State University in 2009. She also holds a Diploma in printmaking and glass works from Hastings College of Arts and Technology in England and an MFA in graphic design from Art University in Tehran, Iran. Karimi’s fine art and graphic works have been featured in several publications in Iran, Italy, England and the United States. Her prints and digital works have been exhibited in various venues in Iran, Algeria, Germany, Mexico, England, and the United States, including the de Young Museum in San Francisco, 2012 ZERO1 Biennial, Yerba Buena Art Center in San Francisco, the New Bedford Art Museum in Massachusetts, and Platform in Munich, Germany. She is the recipient of the 2010 Distinguished Artist award by the City of Cupertino Fine Arts Commission; the 2011 Multicultural Arts Leadership Initiative fellowship; and the 2012 School of Arts and Culture grant in San Jose, CA.
In addition to being an artist, Karimi has been teaching fine arts and computer graphics courses at all levels. She taught courses at San Jose State University as both Teaching Associate and Teaching Assistant between 2007 and 2010. Presently, Karimi teaches silkscreening techniques, fine arts and design courses at TechShop in San Jose, Cabrillo and De Anza Colleges.