The mighty pen that draws a line between freedom and precision


Golnaz Fathi spent many years painstakingly studying the art of Iranian calligraphy. Once she completed her studies, she spent two decades breaking the rules and minimalising the forms of the written word to arrive at a simple line.

Line/Khat, her exhibition at The Third Line Gallery in Dubai this month, is a series of drawings made with rollerball and ballpoint pens that consist of only lines, drawn with precision and yet exhibiting a sense of freedom.

It might sound simple, but the artist hopes the results of her efforts will lift the souls of those who view her work in the same intuitive way a good piece of music does.

“Over the years, my aim has been to make writing more and more abstract, reducing it to its most minimal form,” she says.

“I don’t want to give any literary…



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