Artist: Almira M. Nikravesh
Media: Hydrocal, MDF
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dr. Maxine Merlino Gallery
Website: Artist does not have a website
For this week’s artist conversation, I met Almira Nikravesh. She is currently pursuing her major as a sculptor and is an undergrad senior at CSULB. She is originally from Iran and currently resides in Los Angeles. Her hobbies include weightlifting and making things. She considers herself a maker because she enjoys to make and create. Weightlifting is her thing because she believes it keeps you in shape.
Almira’s exhibition displayed feet made from hydrocal cement based plaster and a rug made from MDF. The feet displayed all around the room are cast from the same mold. The reason why her art exhibition displays feet and a rug is because they are in relation to each other. The 3-D feature of the feet, toes, and nails made it very interesting to look at. The rug consists of a unique pattern and print that makes it goes well with the feet. Having the rug displayed in the middle and the feet all around on the sides gives a special presentation because it is like the feet is protecting the cherished piece in the middle.
The artwork displayed was inspired by the artist’s own life and her own culture. Throughout her life, the Persian silk carpet that was displayed in her house had a significant importance that prevented her family and her to walk on it. Because of that, she was influenced to recreate a carpet that people can walk on. I thought that this art creation was unique because of the influence of her family’s carpet. Instead of having a carpet that is just displayed, it is used for its intended purpose. I think she displayed feet all around the rug like how her family protects the Persian silk carpet in her house.
The art exhibition made me think about my life and all the times where I had to be cautious of many things because of its value. There were actually many times when I had to be extra careful at my relatives house because they had ancient displays all over their house. For example, my aunt’s house would have asian antique furnitures. It wasn’t only for display, but was also for the guests to sit on and enjoy. Being young at the time, my parents were always afraid that my siblings and I would knock something down and break a piece. I would always remember my parents telling us to behave properly at all times just incase.