Rosha Yaghmai: Miraclegrow

January 15, 2019

Rosha Yaghmai, Miraclegrow, 2019; installation view, CCA Wattis Institute
Rosha Yaghmai, Miraclegrow, 2019; installation view, CCA Wattis Institute; Courtesy of the artist and Kayne Griffin Corcoran, Los Angeles; Photo: Johnna Arnold

Nothing was as it seemed in artist Rosha Yaghmai’s site-specific installation Miraclegrow at CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art. After a stellar showing at 2018’s Made in LA, Yaghmai entered the new year with a solo exhibition that, through exaggerated scale, made the quotidian strange and otherworldly. Viewers stepped onto an acidic green tile floor that met black lacquered panels lining the gallery walls. In the center of the room, a 17-foot single metal pipe lay coiled on the floor fashioned like a single fallen hair. In this magnified bathroom, the “hair” made the viewer feel quite small, yet offered a radical new perspective in a familiar landscape. Yaghmai’s materials are deceptively complex and labor-intensive. Recognizable objects embedded in the metal sculpture speak to this biomaterial as a record of life and inescapable DNA.

Rosha Yaghmai: Miraclegrow (January 15-April 6, 2019) was curated by Leila Grothe.

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Citations and links:

Mackler, Lauren. “Review: Rosha Yaghmai.” Artforum, April 2019, p. 199-200.


ARTnews Editors. “Rosha Yaghmai at CCA Wattis Institute, San Francisco.”, February 6, 2019.


Brown, Laura. “Interview with Rosha Yaghmai,” Carla, Spring 2019, p. 26-31.


Hotchkiss, Sarah. “Imagine Yourself a Spider, or a Softball Catcher, in Two Wattis Shows.”, January 24, 2019.


Bowie, Summer. “Unearthing Embedded Knowledge: An Interview of Rosha Yaghmai on the Occasion of Her Exhibition at the Wattis Institute.”, January 15, 2019