Artist: Almira M. Nikravesh
Media: Hydrocal, MDF
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov-Gallery East
Website: no website
About the artist
This week’s artist conversation was with the artist Almira Nikravesh. Nikravesh is a senior at CSULB and is currently an undergraduate student majoring in sculpting. She is originally from Iran before she moved here into the United States. She became very interested with sculpting because the sculpting department doesn’t restrict you with which materials you can incorporate in the sculpture which allows a lot of freedom when sculpting a new project. On her free time she likes to weight lift, work out and also loves to create 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 work she had on display was very detailed and real. Her white colored feet molds that were lined against the walls were very detailed in a way where it actually looked like actual human feet. 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.
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 the carpets they bought so much that they would avoid walking over it to preserve the design because they realized all the hard work that was put into it to create the rug itself.
Nikravesh’s work was very interesting to me by how she did the setup. I did know why there was a rug in the middle until I read the background behind the art and then I realized the whole situation. But the piece looked amazing and I would recommend others to check out tis piece themselves.