Fereshteh Toosi’s cross-disciplinary art work involves embodied experiences, encounter, exchange, and sensory inquiry.
Her participatory projects take the form of guided walks, hands-on gardening activities, and kayak excursions accompanied by audio and video recordings and transmissions. The audience does not watch the action, rather they participate in making meaning through embodied interaction. These intimate, contemplative performances take place in natural settings such as gardens, parks, and waterways. The live events often result in the creation of small sculptures, short films, installations, scores, and poetry.
Fereshteh is an active member of the Association of Forest and Nature Therapy Guides and the American Horticultural Therapy Association. She studied at Oberlin College and Carnegie Mellon University, where she earned an MFA in Interdisciplinary Art. She also holds a certificate in Environmental Urban Design from Archeworks in Chicago.
Fereshteh is an Assistant Professor in the Art and Art History Department of the College of Communication, Architecture, and the Arts at Florida International University.
Contact Fereshteh at ftoosi-at-gmail.com