Today we’d like to introduce you to Christina Niazian.
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley, which serves as an integral source of constant and loyal inspiration. I was first introduced to the arts in 2014 when I took my first photography class at California Institute of the Arts. It was there that I was mentored by Andrew Freeman and the late John Bache. I learned how to use a camera, to look through a viewfinder, compose an image, shoot an image, print an image, talk about an image, and participate in a full-blown critique. When I was 18, I began my undergraduate studies at CalArts in the Photography & Media program, where I later graduated in 2017. I am currently focused on pursuing an MFA degree with the goal of teaching in the future. I spend most of my days working in my studio in Echo Park.
Please tell us about your art.
Up until last year, I believed I only could take a sincere photograph in places I felt most comfortable in. My everyday, my daily drive, my routines, the landscape that changed around me. I began feeling limited by this rule I intentionally set for myself. Photography slowly became a draining routine in itself. I began taking trips, trips to smaller towns outside of Los Angeles where I had no connection or attachment to. Through these trips, I began exploring the root of my interests rather than just taking photographs that fit the mold of what I was used to i.e., another gas station photo. I began photographing people through these trips- something very new for me. Above all, my work deals with connection- connection through people, experiences, memories, and commonalities.
We often hear from artists that being an artist can be lonely. Any advice for those looking to connect with other artists?
Collaboration has been a saving grace for me. After graduating, I felt a bit lost without a weekly critique class, because of this frustration a few friends and I regularly check in with one another with a time and space to talk about new work and ideas.
How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
People can view my work on my website or through my Instagram.
- Website: christinaniazian.com
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: christinaniazian