Palm Oil Drops | Negar Rashidi | Wall Sculptures

Palm Oil Drops | Negar Rashidi | Wall Sculptures

  • Contemporary painter: Negar Rashidi
  • Title Artwork: Palm Oil Drops
  • Year: 2022
  • Technique: Acrylic - Mixed Media
  • Style: Sculpture organic 
  • Size: 4 pieces
  • Price: 2,500
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Palm Oil Drops | Negar Rashidi | Wall Sculptures

Negar Rashidi's newest artwork, titled "Palm Oil Drops," is a mesmerizing wall sculpture that exemplify her artistic vision and technical prowess. Consisting of four orange spheres in varying sizes, these sculptures are intended to be attached to a wall, creating a visually striking and thought-provoking installation. Her artwork has always had a three dimensional quality to them.


What makes Rashidi's artwork even more intriguing is her background as an organic chemist. Her deep understanding of refined palm oil drops, which she manipulates in the laboratory, adds an extra layer of complexity to her artistic process. In "Palm Oil Drops," Rashidi has enlarged these tiny droplets significantly, mimicking their adhesive properties on glass. The texture and organic movement captured in these enlarged palm oil droplets captivated her, inspiring her to translate them into the realm of art.


In her previous works, such as the Delft Blue pieces, Negar skillfully combined organic elements with intricate details reminiscent of miniature artworks, all rendered in monochrome Delft Blue. This new wall art installation serves as a natural extension of her working method, albeit with a different technique. In "Palm Oil Drops," she has masterfully reversed engineered the organic elements that were inherent in her "Delft Blue" pieces, using the oyster form as her canvas.


Rashidi's creative process for these sculptures is painstaking and time-intensive. She meticulously builds the shapes of the droplets, sanding them for countless hours until they achieve a smooth surface. This dedication to craftsmanship is evident in the final result, as each sculpture exudes a sense of precision and attention to detail that is truly remarkable.

The choice of orange for the sculptures is significant, as it reflects the inherent colour of palm oil droplets. Moreover, it serves as a stark contrast to Rashidi's signature blue artworks, adding a vibrant and dynamic element to her artistic repertoire.

"Palm Oil Drops" is a testament to Negar Rashidi's artistic versatility, technical expertise, and unwavering passion for exploring the intersection of organic forms and meticulous craftsmanship. With this captivating installation, Rashidi once again invites us to contemplate the beauty and complexity of the natural world through the lens of her artistic vision."


----This part goes into a interpretation of Art Historian Tascha Sciarone and what contemplating this piece made her think about.

On another note; as art always can lead us on a tangent meant or not by the artist. Contemplating this piece as Art Historian, Tascha Sciarone has to suppress some other thoughts. I would like to add them here, as to where my mind went with this art piece, not only as an Art Historian, but also someone who is actively trying to use less palm oil products in their daily life. In addition to its aesthetic and artistic significance, Negar Rashidi's artwork, "Palm Oil Drops," also invited a contemplation on the broader issues surrounding palm oil—an essential ingredient with both benefits and challenges.


Palm oil, derived from the fruit of the oil palm tree, is a versatile and widely used commodity. It plays a crucial role in various industries, including food production, cosmetics, and biofuels. Its unique properties, such as its high melting point and stability, make it an appealing ingredient for many products.


However, the production and consumption of palm oil have raised significant environmental concerns. Large-scale palm oil plantations have been linked to deforestation, habitat loss, and the destruction of biodiverse ecosystems, particularly in Southeast Asian countries such as Indonesia and Malaysia. The clearing of land for palm oil cultivation has contributed to the decline of endangered species like orangutans, tigers, and elephants, as well as the disruption of local communities and indigenous peoples.


Furthermore, the palm oil industry has faced criticism for its impact on climate change. The clearing and burning of forests release substantial amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, exacerbating global warming and contributing to greenhouse gas emissions.


Negar was fascinated with the beauty of droplets on a sheet of glass. And I am not sure if it was a deliberate choice to highlight refined palm oil droplets in her artwork. The subject matter does prompts viewers to reflect upon these complex issues. By enlarging and abstracting these droplets, she draws attention to the dichotomy between the captivating aesthetic qualities of palm oil and the broader environmental consequences associated with its production.


In doing so, Negar's artwork not only serves as a visual exploration of organic forms but also encourages a contemplation of our relationship with nature, our choices as consumers, and the potential for more sustainable practices within industries that rely on palm oil. It prompts us to consider the need for responsible sourcing, conservation efforts, and innovative solutions to mitigate the environmental impact of palm oil production.


"Palm Oil Drops" thus becomes a catalyst for dialogue and reflection, urging us to acknowledge and address the challenges surrounding palm oil while appreciating the artistic beauty it can inspire.

What did "Palm Oil Drops" spark with you? 

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