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Creating otherworldly environments based on memories of actual spaces and those drawn from the imagination, Asal Peirovi (b. 1985) explores the intersections of life and death, the built and natural worlds, the physical and the immaterial. Originally from Sari, the largest city in the Mazandaran province of Iran, Peirovi moved to Tehran to study painting. Frequently traveling between cities, she became inspired by the Iranian landscape and the ways that places are reinterpreted and reconstructed through photographs, physical artifacts, oral histories, and memories. Currently living between Tehran and Istanbul, Peirovi continues to explore the possibilities of a painting process informed by fragmentary pieces of recollection in an untitled work from 2020, in which she creates a space that draws upon actual and imagined settings in equal measure. Completely devoid of people, yet imbued with human presence, Peirovi’s painting intimates a non-anthropocentric environment in which the natural world is encroaching on the manufactured elements—such as a fence and stairs—that attempt to contain the looming overgrowth.