Kurosh Yahyai

Region: MFA Annual

I am interested in portraying primitive human emotions. Emotions such anxiety, anger, compulsion, sex, fear, confusion, self-doubt, lust, and existential questioning. My intention is for the viewer to experience a visceral reaction to the work.

Tension in my work is important as I create a familiar/comfortable space that is also unsettling and alien for the viewer. The familiar/ comfortable elements can be interpreted through the objects in the paintings referencing the home, while the surface treatments and manipulations of these elements can give an unknown feeling.

I continue to research the anxious and existential nature of the human mind to help visualize, portray, and make tangible the battle within the conscious and subconscious mind.