About

 MOHSEN VEYSI  

Artist, Researcher, and Educator 


ARTIST STATEMENT

My work explores a combinational approach to drawing, poetry, calligraphy, and painting. Among all visual elements, line as the main element of both drawing and writing plays a crucial role in my artistic practice. Using line, we both draw and write. My whole artistic process is mostly based on the interaction of visual and verbal, image and text, and artist and poet. My inspiration comes from literature, especially poetry, philosophy and the history of art and literature. Calligraphy as (in Dick Higgins words) an “Intermedia” that stands between literature and visual arts (text and image) has a significant role in my creative process. I use it as a vehicle that carries poetry and transfers it to viewers’ eyes. Thus, my aim is not necessarily to follow or break the calligraphic rules but to employ them freely to visualize and draw poetry. Michel Butor (1994) defines Pictuscrit, as “an object, a text in which there is painting, in which the pictorial appears” (p.17). My portfolio is entitled drawingscript because it combines drawings and writing.


RESEARCH INTERESTS 

History of drawing, text and image, drawing and poetry, global art history, Vienna School and historiography of Alois Riegl.


EDUCATION 

  • PhD, Humanities, University of  Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy, (2020), Dissertation title: Kunstwollen: A contemporary View - Local, Global, Transcultural
  • MFA, Master of Fine Arts, University of Cincinnati, OH, USA, (2016)


PUBLICATIONS 

Books

  • Who the hell is Alois Riegl and what are his theories all about? Under contract with Bowden & Brazil Ltd. In preparation, Anticipated Publication Date: Winter 2022. https://www.whothehellis.co.uk/catalogue/art-history/alois-riegl

Articles 

  • Focus su Emily Carr, la pioniera dell’arte moderna in Canada (Emily Carr, the pioneer of Canadian modern art), Artribune, 13 November 2021. https://www.artribune.com/professioni-e-professionisti/who-is-who/2021/11/emily-carr-scrittura-pittura-canada/

  • Storia degli artisti di guerra (History of war artists), Artibune,  28 January 2021. https://www.artribune.com/arti-visive/2021/01/disegni-guerra/
  • Realtà virtuale per l’antichità: dal disegno alla tecnologia (Virtual reality for antiquity: from drawing to technology), Artribune, 22 December 2020. https://www.artribune.com/arti-visive/2020/12/realta-virtuale-antichita-disegno-archeologia/
  • Alois Riegl, il pioniere della storia dell’arte (Aois Riegl, the pioneer of art history), Artribune, 9 November 2020. https://www.artribune.com/professioni-e-professionisti/who-is-who/2020/11/alois-riegl-storia-arte/
  • Drawing In Contemporary Art  Fairs:  Artissima. European Journal of Arts, Number 2, August 2020, pp. 3-6. Premier Publishing. http://ppublishing.org/journals/404/issue/60170/articles/5089/

Exhibition Reviews 

  • Drawing Through Time: Biennale Disegno, Rimini, 28 April–15 July 2018. Drawing: Research, Theory, Practice, Volume 3, Number 2, 1 November 2018, pp. 295-310(16). Publisher: Intellect. https://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/intellect/drtp/2018/00000003/00000002/art00011;jsessionid=7seumr83t4gbt.x-ic-live-02

Translations

  • Soundlines of Contemporary Art, Curators: Mazdak Faiznia, Marina Hakobyan, Translators: A.Grigoryan, C.Luu, S.Marnbreyan, A.Sivatte, M.Veysi, Publisher: Manfredi Edizioni. 2019. 
  • Shahriar Ahmadi Monographic Book, Edited by Marco Meneguzzo, Translators: Michael Haggerty, Mohsen Veysi, Publisher: Skira. Anticipated Publication Date: Summer 2021.

CONTACT

mohsenveysi@gmail.com