Welcome to the first feature of Open Gaze. OG is all about giving you, the splendid readers of Artnois, little snapshots and highlights from the ever-widening variety of the arts. The world is full of a huge selection of talented artists, tall and small, who use an amazing array of mediums and expression – for this feature we took a look at Armaghan Mehrabian, the Persian artist born and raised in Tehran, Iran, now living and working in Washington, USA.
Armaghan specialises in using photography as a tool to orchestrate and utilise a variety of subjects, material and more importantly, structure, to emphasise and provoke thought. Her art often asks for reflection, given a simple glimpse can be overlooked by the light-hearted.
Pieces like ‘Symphony of Sorrow’, use dilapidated scenery and intense greys to draw the viewer in, and on the other hand, work like ‘Isolation’ provides bold and in-your-face references to how vast, clinical and widespread issues like sadness and pain can be, centrally weighted or even chaining down the stricken individual. The jagged textures only seem more visceral through the stark and daunting images, warn down details are beaten up with time, emphasising veiled, but not forgotten thoughts.
Speaking with Armaghan, here’s what she had to say:
“My works are an outlet for revealing my thoughts, opinions and feelings about my experiences in my life. They are my responses to the incidents that I’m witnessing on a daily basis (whether they’re personal or social).
They are born when I am deeply engaged with my thoughts and feelings about a subject, and I can’t find a way to express them by words. They are the results of an honest confrontation of me, with myself.
The process begins with me trying to expose my emotions by performing privately in front of the camera. I start with an understanding of my subject, but I let the process be spontaneous. I document these performances and after reviewing them, I decide which parts perform the best for my purpose.”
If you’ve enjoyed Armaghan’s art, you can check out some more of here stuff here.