Art is the crack in the wall where the light gets in.
My work is an expression of everyday life seen through the eyes of a woman who struggled to overcome a number of barriers and obstacles in pursuit of a dream; a dream only made possible by surviving the ultimate encounter with my own mortality. For me, art is about making the unseen visible, and for that reason, I try not to confine myself to any particular medium, method or style. Life is constantly changing. Every moment is different. And capturing different moments sometimes requires different approaches. My mission is to touch the inner feelings and emotions of others – especially the younger generations. I hope that through my work, I can awaken my fellow human beings to some of the issues and experiences that affect us all; egos, politics, suffering, and injustice. What matters is not what we see, but what we don’t see. Truth often hides in plain view and art can help reveal it. Ultimately, I want to bring people into my work. I want to place them within a moment, within an experience, because I believe that life should be lived in collaboration rather than isolation. In other words, I want those who see my work to finish the thought with me; maybe even for me. And so, my goal is to bring people together in affirmation of our shared humanity, and that effort occasionally makes statements of protest against being made to feel alone, isolated, forgotten, marginalized, and abused. I want to declare what is possible, and to help illuminate whatever stands in the way of possibility. It has been said that all art is autobiographical. The autobiography of the oyster is the pearl; a story that began with a single grain of sand and a dream.
I was born in Isfahan, Iran in 1959. After the revolution in my country in 1979 I immigrated to the United States to pursue my dream of becoming an artist, but for many years, other obligations and responsibilities took priority over my dream. After graduating from college, I worked as a production artist at Asymetrix, a gaming company. In 1996 I was hired by Microsoft to help build a production facility on the Red West Campus. As part of the project I created the Digital Imaging Studio where I managed the people and resources dedicated to digital imaging production for dozens of consumer products until 2001 when I was diagnosed with Leukemia in 2001. After 12 years of overcoming the biggest challenge of my life, I applied for a scholarship at Gage Academy of Arts and was accepted in 2013. In 2015 I was able to set up my own studio.