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Inception – Shabnam Afrand – Exhibit

November 5, 2018 to November 17, 2018

Opening Reception: November 8 from 6- 9pm

“Memory, History, forgetting.”
I was born and raised in Tehran, Iran where I obtained a Master of Fine Arts degree. My practice consists of drawing and painting, sculpture, installation, performance, and metalsmithing. I explore themes of transition and metamorphosis, including life, death, and rebirth in my artwork.
These themes draw attention to the cyclical nature of life and the passing of time. I consider the time to be non-linear and non-quantifiable; we can only feel the results of this abstract phenomenon and through memory and fantasy we can move beyond our present moment.
I often work with found objects that evoke memories for me. An antique chair might remind me of one I saw many years ago in the corner of my Grandmother’s room. After finding a similar object here in Canada, I bring it back to life by transforming it through a process of addition. This often involves adding fragments cast in bronze. I am interested in bronze as an ancient and traditional material. Its gold color has many meanings in my cultures such as magnificence and eternity. These bronze additions bring the found object into the realm of my imagination. In this way, I can explore my memories and my sorrows, extracted from my subconscious, like dreams at night that fade in the morning. As an immigrant woman, identity is one of the main themes in my work. I use memory objects with fanciful extensions to consider how one can integrate bitter memories and warm nostalgia into their sense of self.


November 5, 2018
November 17, 2018
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