Artist Bio

Marissa Soroudi is a Persian/American contemporary artist who lives and works in New York City.

Her work reflects the convergence of her interests in female subjectivity, primal energy and the human connection to nature, our deeper selves, and each other.

Soroudi’s process in creating a series of works consisted of an immersive engagement and interaction with different societies, a conscious exercise designed to deconstruct her own personal and cultural history.

She attempts to lessen the gap between her ego and the collective consciousness. Soroudi believes that testing her own boundaries and having a close connection with herself are both integral to her process.

The resultant work is a collection of experiences and experiments that take the shape of photographs, paintings, sculptures and videos that aim to express her understanding of the ‘other’, and through this a better understanding of humanity and of herself.

Lisa Paul Streitfeld, “Marissa Soroudi: Cycle of Timelessness” 2016

Marissa Soroudi’s pursuit of unity in her art reflects her personal evolution as an artist driven by a pursuit of the primordial. The early focus of her camera lens on the emerging face of the feminine faces reflected society’s fascination with sur/face, particularly when the material is the burka. Yet, in pursuing a penetration of the veil in her art, the unexpected entered via an exploration of personal origins; her images revealed the veil as boundary between primordial being and the world…

Daniel Rothbart, “Interview with Marissa Soroudi” 2012

How to transform average men into convincing women? Marissa Soroudi is an artist who immerses herself in foreign environments and, much like an anthropologist, studies them. Artworks have taken her from the canopies of tropical trees in Vanuatu to life among cannibal Pacific islanders and recently to performing with burlesque showgirls. Through a personal methodology of contemporary art, Soroudi turns male projections and fantasies on their ear…

Gillian Sneed, “Trans-posing the Gaze: Marissa Soroudi’s Showgirls” 2012

In Technologies of Gender, feminist film theorist Teresa de Lauretis contends that the goal of women artists working behind the camera should not be to “destroy male-centered vision,” but rather “to effect another (italics mine) vision: to construct other objects and subjects of vision, and to formulate the conditions of representability of another social subject.”1 Indeed, it is this other social subject that Persian American conceptual artist and photographer, Marissa Soroudi (b. 7/12/82, New York City), discloses in her newest body of work, Showgirls…

Lisa-Paul Streitfeld, “Penetrating the Inner Gaze: Marissa Soroudi’s Unspoken” 2008

As we confront the global warming challenge of the 21st century, humanity remains ignorant of its underlying cause – the repression of the divine feminine and her dynamic cycle of life, death and rebirth guiding us into a new paradigm…

Mehmet Demİrcİ, “Üç din, bu vizörde buluştu” 2007

ABD’de üc dinin yaşandığı bir evde büyüyen Marissa Soroudi, Doğu ile Batı arasında süregelen çatışmayı gözlemleyen bir projenin içinde. Doğu’da özellikle türbanlı, peçeli kadınları fotoğraflayan Soroudi, New York’ta sergi açtı…