Artist: Almira Nikravesh
Media: cement, MDF
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dr. Maxine Merlino Gallery
This week, I had the wonderful opportunity of talking with artist Almira Nikravesh and viewing her amazing work. Almira is a graduating senior who will be recieving her B.F.A in sculpture here at CSULB. In her free time, Almira enjoys weight lifting and is quite serious about it.
Almira’s artwork was very unique in the fact that she wanted people to walk on her art. This allows viewers to be able to feel the texture and detail that was put into the rug. She created in with MDF, and from far away it appears minimialistic, but up close it is extremely detailed and intricate. In contrast, the many pairs of feet surrounding the rug were very smooth and plain. There were no patterns or details other than the simple qualities that a foot should normally have.
In my conversation with Almira, I gathered that she closely relates her artwork to her life experiences. She said that she what inspired her to create this piece was a Persian silk carpet that she had in her house for as long as she can remember, but was never allowed to step on or get in close proximity with the carpet. That is the meaning behind the pairs of feet that are lined up very far from the edge of the carpet. However, in her exhibit she encouraged walking on the carpet, because that is, “the way carpets are intended to be used.” This shows the reflection that her life has on her artwork, and the impact that her experiences have on what she creates.
Overall, I had a great experience viewing Almira’s artwork and having a conversation with her about it. I think if I was not able to speak with her or if I didn’t read her artist statement, I would have no idea what the piece was about and the meaning behind it. It was really incredible being able to hear about her culture and experiences, and then seeing them transform into her artwork.