Aylene Fallah: Merging Sculpture with Installation and Current Iranian Trends


About Aylene Fallah

Aylene Fallah was born in Iran, and migrated to the United States with her family at age 7.  After high school, she studied sculpture and painting at Virginia Commonwealth University.

In 1996, when I first met her, she was a young lady in her early 20s, yet with a mature body of work.  It was the Iranian Women Studies conference at UDC, in Washington, DC, where I was the art coordinator. She installed her artwork, constructed of thousands of tea bags sewn down together into body bags and women’s hejabs suspended from the ceiling. Everyone was blown away by this unprecedented approach to describe women’s life in the other parts of the globe.

These striking monochromic body bags and head covers caught the viewer’s attention with their unusual material and their genuinely expressive mood.

Her art continued to amaze us in the following years, when with Maryam Ovissi, we established a non-profit art organization, Evolving Perceptions to promote Iranian American artists in the Washington, DC area.

Aylene was a brilliant member of our annual art exhibits, and each year we could see her innovative art expressions and her unthinkable material use to reflect her sensitive vision of political and social trends in her native country, Iran.

Today Exhibit9 gallery is proud to reintroduce Aylene Fallah to the community as a genius and unique Iranian American artist. (View more work by Aylene)

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Aylene Fallah’s Artist Statement

“If we really think that home is elsewhere and that life is a wondering to find home,
why should we not look forward to the arrival?”

C.S. Lewis


Objects referring to a moment, a time, a place. Home is remembered, forgotten, and recalled again slowly, through small objects, tangible enough to fill the space between thoughts and memories.

Aylene Fallah’s Exhibitions


2010 “Tehran – New York”, Leila Taghinia-Milani Heller Gallery, New York, NY
“Iranian Artist Group Exhibition”, Arta Gallery, Toronto, Canada

2009 “Aylene Fallah- Mixed Media Sculptures”, Glenview Mansion Gallery, Rockville,Md

2008   “”Assembling Memories”, The Corner Store Gallery, Washington, DC

“Conflict”, Greater Reston Art Center, Reston, VA

“ The Spirit of Del Ray”, Del Ray Art Center, Alexandria, VA

2007   “Art for Life, Whitman-Walker Clinic Annual Art Auction” Organization of American Sates, Washington, DC

“To Fear or Not To Fear”, Art Center of Highland Park, Chicago, IL

“Art Exhibition 2007”, The 18th International Iranian Women’s Studies Foundation, University of Maryland, College Park, MD

2004    “Quest for Meaning”, Washington Theological Union,

Washington, DC, Sep12, 2004

2003    “Home” CP Artspace, Washington, DC

“Aylene Fallah’s most recent work: Angel Fall Studios, Baltimore, MD

“Seven Messengers”, 1708 Gallery, Richmond, VA

“Where To Where From”, Lipa Gallery, Chicago, IL

“The Space Between Silence and Memories”, DianeKellerGallery, Burke, VA

2002    “Emotional Sensibilities”, CP Artspace, Washington, DC

“Distant Memories”, Diane Keller Gallery, Burke, VA

“First Annual Winter Group Show”, Khoja Gallery, Arlington, VA

“First Annual Winter Group Show”, Khoja Gallery, Arlington, VA

“September 11th”, Rockville Art Center, Rockville, MD

“Aylene Fallah’s Most Recent Work” AF Studios, Burke, VA

2001    “Alchemy” , M.Y. Project Space, New York. NY”Museum of Contemporary Art-Dc: Members Show 2001″, Washington, DC

“2001 Annual Juried Exhibition”, Arlington Art Center, Arlington, VA

“Open Book, Women’s Stories by Washington Are Artists”, University of Maryland Art Gallery, College Park, MD

“Transplanting”, A Space Gallery, Toronto, Canada

 2000   “New Grange Artists Show”, Omni Shore Hotel, Washington, DC

“Behold The New Humanity: Interfaith Expressions of Divine Love”, Gallery of the Intercultural Center, Georgetown University,                          Washington, DC

“Art for Peace; Evolving Perceptions 2002”, 505 Gallery, Washington, DC

“Winner of the 1999 Juried Fine Arts Exhibition”, Greater Reston Art Center, Reston, VA

Learn more about Aylene Fallah and other artists of the E9 Gallery on our Artists Page

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