Nasim Hantehzadeh

Region: MFA Annual


City / State: Los Angeles, CA

My paintings address the conflict, tension, and frustration of living among diverse cultural and social norms, and observing violence in different cultures, regions, and societies. Through the use of symbols and icons, I make the unconscious conscious, and the invisible visible. My iconography derives from the investigation of my identity through my memories. I am usually inspired by a childhood memory and then add other elements that juxtapose the moment a work is being made with my experiences of the past. I intuitively apply ink on wood panel to let my emotions, dreams, and sentiments appear on the surface. I then construct and deconstruct the surface by adding and removing layers. The layering process creates an ambiguous atmospheric environment that produces a phenomenological experience for the viewer. Being led by harmonic and expressive ink marks, the viewer can access the forms and shapes gradually, and at the same time experience the totality of the work.