Nasim Hantehzadeh

Region: MFA Annual


City / State: Los Angeles, CA

This body of work is inspired by making daily drawings that record my everyday emotions, intuitions, and sentiments. Sometimes they are abstract, preventing the viewer from reading them according to the semiology of the visual system that our eyes are educated with, and sometimes they are recognizable enough to link the viewer’s eyes to familiar forms such as objects, body organs, and figures.

In my studio, I start by covering the entire wall with paper. Using such a large-scale ground allows my body to freely flow around the work as I make it. The relationship between my body, the material, and space breaks away the identical boundaries, as if my body were an object or a molecule moving inside the room. I move my entire arm while holding a thick graphite stick, and intuitively begin drawing forms. I then fill them out with colors, starting with the background. The texture of oil pastel reveals the record of my arm’s movement.