STATEMENT

Nilou Kazemzadeh work is inspired by the social and environmental influences that shapes ones identity. She studies and incorporates imagery found in Persian, and Middle Eastern arts into her work. She is interested in observing how our interactions with socially constructed systems of being affects ones perception of self and their community. Her main mode of expression is through calligraphy and printmaking. She writes or carves Farsi calligraphy over various surfaces, such as family photographs, creating a layered and multifaceted image. The process of handwriting the calligraphy becomes a test of perseverance as she slowly etches, or writes onto each surface. The work then becomes meditative as the Farsi flows across each piece, allowing time for reflection and growth. The purpose of her work is to act as a catalyst of representation in an often-polarizing society in hopes of facilitating meaningful conversation and understanding.