Today we’d like to introduce you to Maysha Mohamedi.
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I am an Iranian-American artist. I grew up on the California Coast in a small town called San Luis Obispo. I come from a long line of creative people: my grandmother is a painter and my mother are a designer; my father can build anything. My first language was Farsi – a language rich in metaphor and poetic suggestion – thus the lens with which I first interpreted the world greatly amplified the already-psychedelic point of view of a child. Representing an internal world (my own, my gender’s, my species’) in abstract and unexpected ways, primarily through paint on a canvas, is the long-running thesis of my studio.
Please tell us about your art.
I make large-scale, colorful, abstract paintings that include illustrative and representational moments. Formally, I pull inspiration from the iconic calligraphic line of my native language of Farsi. The content of my work is drawn from what I know to be true in my everyday life: the experience of being a woman, mother, wife and Iranian in my American world. My work originates out of a deep connection with myself, but I make this work for the people.
Given everything that is going on in the world today, do you think the role of artists has changed? How do local, national or international events and issues affect your art?
Artists have a unique power to explore, provide commentary and elicit engagement around social and cultural issues with more flexibility in intention and execution than a journalist might; it’s not a new responsibility. I primarily make abstract work that can be influenced by our current political climate, however sometimes I will punctuate this abstraction with an explicitly political sculpture. For example: my recent sculpture “Surfing the Apocalypse” shows four different deadly dinosaurs surfing a great wave. Each dinosaur is painted in colors and patterns symbolizing the flags of the following four countries: North Korea, Russia, Iran and the United States.
How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
My solo show opens at The Lodge in Los Angeles on September 8th, 2018.
- Website: www.mayshamohamedi.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @chantillygrace
My personal portrait was taken by: Graham Holoch