Artist: Almira M. Nikravesh
Media: Hydrocal, MDF
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dr. Maxine Merlino Gallery
About the Artist
Almira M.Nikravesh is an undergraduate senior at CSULB who is from Iran. Right now she is currently getting her BFA in sculpture. Her main message is mostly related to her life, she wants our inputs and comments on how we feel about the experience. She chose to get into sculpture because sculpture doesn’t restrict you with material and you can work with anything you want and that’s what inspired her to do sculpture. The main reason she chose to major in in art is because it gives her a sense of freedom and she feels like she has a lot more choices as well. She also likes how they don’t have to take exams, but instead people critique their work and the have creeks who comment on where their need to improve and where their strong points are. What she enjoys doing on her free time is weightlifting and going to the gym and that was her only hobby at the moment.
Almira had two main focuses in her exhibit and that was the sculpture of the feet which was surrounded all around the room and the sculpture of the rug located in the middle. The materials that she used in her work were cement base plaster and MDF which was used for the rug. The feet was made out of plaster so it looks smooth and it was light grey and the rug had a little more color to it like a peach color and the texture looked a bit rough and bumpy.
Her inspiration for her work came from her own life experiences and her culture. She wasn’t sure if there was a message she was trying to portray, but she did want to express her life in her work. The rug idea came from a Persian rug her family has and it’s made from silk carpet that holds a lot of value and meaning in it because of the labor work that was put in it. Her family has become accustomed to living and maneuvering around the carpet in order to maintain a carpet.
Synthesis / My Experience
When I first walked into the exhibit I was a little confused and side tracked from the feet, but once I talked with the artist and got information on the meaning of it I enjoyed it a lot more. She explained how she gets a lot of critiques from her work where people are confused about it, but once they learn about the background they understand a lot more. Overall I enjoyed the whole experience and loved the design on the rug and how she put her culture in her work.