Artist: Almira M. Nikravesh
Media: Sculpting, Plaster, Cement
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Merlino Gallery
The artist I met this week was Almira Nikravesh. She is an undergraduate who is graduating this semester. She will be getting her BFA in the sculpture program. She was very interesting to talk to. Not only did she answer everybody’s questions, she also took time to ask about me and my classmates’ life. In her free time she enjoys lifting weights and believes it helps when she is working long hours on her art work. She also explained that art has always been apart of her family and felt that she best excelled in sculpting. She expressed that she feels sculpting gives the artist more freedom to do what they wish.
In the exhibit, there are 91 different pairs of feet laying around in the room. In the center of the room, she has a recreation of a carpet that is very important to her family. The carpet is made out of MDF and took many hours to recreate. There was a lot of detail in the carpet that captured the attention of the audience. The carpet had a rough texture with all of the detail within it. The feet were very smooth looking. The entire gallery consisted of very neutral colors which made everything balance. There was not one thing that stood out more than anything else, instead they all blended together.
Almira Nikravesh’s exhibit is based on her childhood and how sacred the rug was in her family. She placed the sculpture of the rug in the middle of the exhibit to show how things were in her household. She and her siblings had to learn to adapt and walk around the rug in order to not damage it. The feet that surround the rug represent her and her family. They are placed around the rug far away to show the distance she put between herself and the rug.
Personally, I found the exhibit super interesting. Everything about the exhibit was different. Her message reflected something sacred in her family and I loved the detail in her work. I am not a big fan of feet, but I liked how she incorporated them into her work. Each pair of feet were different yet similar. They all had the same job of representing the location of her own feet when she was near the carpet. What I enjoyed the most was that even though the carpet was beautiful and full of details, the artist kept it a neutral color to make it blend in with the feet that surrounded it.