Jackie Milad and Hedieh Ilchi

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In an effort to bring vibrancy and vitality to Rockville Town Square, Make It Visible uses the power of art to heal, inspire, comfort, transform, and share experiences during this time of a global health crisis and civil unrest. VisArts, in collaboration with the City of Rockville and Federal Realty, is proud to present two large scale designs by artists Jackie Milad and Hedieh Ilchi in the windows of businesses around Rockville Town Square.

About the artists:

Jackie Milad
No Hay Lobos
 (there are no wolves)

Milad’s work draws focus to time and movement, showcasing how artwork can become part of a regenerative process, keeping the work from becoming static. Thinking about the similarities between this notion and the reality of historical symbolism, we can begin to understand Milad’s resistance to permanence. Within her collages, Milad gives us hints of her identity as an Egyptian-Honduran-American through pictorial elements and deconstructed language. She utilizes color and texture, freeing herself up to be responsive and reactive during her process. This breakdown of symbols and collapse of ideas references her experience in the world and allows the viewer to draw multiple meanings from small details in each piece.

Jackie Milad is an Egyptian-Honduran first generation American, born in Baltimore City. She has exhibited and performed internationally and nationally in venues such as the Contemporary Museum in Baltimore, the Arlington Art Center and the Richard Foreman Ontological Theater in New York City.


Hedieh Ilchi
What Remains #2

“My work is the product of my immigrant experience. It provides a space where my two disparate histories come together to reflect on cultural traditions and the notion of belonging. In my work, I explore contradictory painting processes and the ways they can be melded into a hybrid visual language. I combine conventions of Western abstraction with conventions of Persian art to create pictorial clashes that echo the erasure and distortion of cultural identities.”

Hedieh Javanshir Ilchi was born in Tehran, Iran and currently lives and works in the Washington, D.C. area. Ilchi received an M.F.A. in studio art from American University and a B.F.A. from the Corcoran College of Art + Design.


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