Artist: Almira M. Nikravesh
Media: Hydrocal, MDF
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov-Gallery East
Website: no website
This week’s artist conversation was with the artist Almira Nikravesh. Nikravesh is currently an undergraduate student majoring in sculpting in California State University Long Beach. She is originally from Iran before she moved here into the United States. She fell in love with sculpting because the sculpting department doesn’t restrict you with which materials you can incorporate in the sculpture. Another interest she has is weight lifting. She enjoys working out in her spare time when she is not sculpting. Nikravesh also loves to make things. She calls herself a maker because she finds a passion in creating objects and different art pieces with different materials. Speaking of art pieces, her work explores situations and instances that applies to her life. The work she creates relates to aspects in her life.
The formal qualities shown in her works are very detailed and real. Her white colored feet molds that were lined against the walls were very intricate in a way where it actually looked very accurate to a human foot. The feet were smooth looking with little wrinkles and bone-like structures around the ankles and toes. The rug in the middle of the room was extremely detailed with its soft-like engravings of the design. It looked as if it was made of sand while she slowly carved out the design pattern in the rug.
Nikravesh’s art works are inspired from her family life and everything that relates to herself as a person. The carpet in the middle of the room was inspired by one of the silk carpets that was in her family for over twenty years. The feet all around the walls were an indication of not only herself, but her family as well because they treasured this carpet so much that they would avoid walking over it to preserve the design. Nikravesh explores this idea of simplicity and the use of space with her works. She uses the relation to her life as a way to create this interaction between the carpet and the feet around the walls.
I thought Nikravesh’s work was very intriguing in a way. I was confused at first on why there were so many pairs of feet and what seemed like a sand box in the middle of the room. After realizing what these works were it made me more open to interpretation. I learned that anything can inspire you to do what you want. In Nikravesh’s works, she uses her life as an inspiration to create a simple yet meaningful piece. As for my life, I can use my inspiration from my life and family to create something great.