ICAI had a quick chat with Lida and she let us into her world of arts.
What is your name?
Tell us a little about your artistic background and journey
I took my first steps as an artist from early childhood. Since I could grab a pencil, she has always been drawing on paper sheets and book margins. Later, in my teenage years, I began to learn art professionally. I obtained her first award in her sixteen as the winner of the 6th Iranian competition of painting for water-saving, in 1998. I was appreciated as the young winner of the festival too. The applied fine art didn’t satisfy MY explorer soul, academic study in graphic design and visual arts has made me stronger to execute her creative artistic ideas. I had graduated with a Bachelor of Art from IA University and has obtained my Master of Art in visual communication from the University of Soore, Tehran, Iran. I come from a country with a rich art culture – Iran the land of arts -. But like many other fields, art was a society dedicated to men, and women artists were overlooked. As a woman, you have to always prove yourself that you can. It’s not like they trust you from the beginning. To become an artist you have to go through difficult obstacles, such as family opposition and later public criticism. After all, she is an artist now and wants to stay an artist and she wants to present the visual voice of a woman resisting exclusion. Artists in Iran have always tried to improve people’s viewpoints and have always been criticized because of it. I wants to do the same, I wants to show that good and bad have no apparent criteria and no one can judge another by appearance. I draws the image of women with staring eyes and stunned faces, yet beautiful and delicate. My art looks very clear and straight while a secret is hidden there. In most of my works, I don’t not need color. My art conveys beauty to the audience in black and white. These are the women of the land who seem to be waiting for something good every day. My hopes to change some societies’ misconceptions about women and women’s freedom. With versatile art experience and computer skills in graphic, she has immigrated to Calgary and hopes to contribute to Calgary’s art community and make her way and successes here in her new territory.
Your Artistic Bio/Profile
I have a master of art in visual graphic design and have the experience to teach art and art history for more than ten years. Since my first day in Calgary, I have been searching for someplace to pursue my artwork. I subsequently found a volunteer position as an art handcraft/painting instructor for children at CCIS, as well as in various preschools. I also contributed to the Immigrant Services Calgary (ISC) web page design project, as a volunteer graphic designer. I currently teach painting and drawing, privately from home.
What is your Artistic practice?
How long have you been in Canada?
4 and half a years
Have you had opportunities to showcase your works?
I had an art show at Central Library in Calgary
Can you tell us what inspires you to create your works?
I want to show that good and bad have no apparent criteria and no one can judge another by appearance. I draw the image of women with staring eyes and stunned faces, yet beautiful and delicate. My art looks very clear and straight while a secret is hidden there. In most of my works, I do not need color. My art conveys beauty to the audience in black and white. These are the women of the land who seem to be waiting for something good every day. I hope to change some societies’ misconceptions about women and women’s freedom. the women of my country inspire me to create my artworks.
How did you feel having your works displayed at ICAI Event?
It was a really good opportunity for me to show my arts to people. I was very grateful.
What are the challenges you are currently facing as an immigrant artists?
As many other immigrants artist nobody know me and my art and none of the galleries accept my art to be in their galleries as I am a new artist in here. I applied almost to all galleries but I was ignored by most of them and some just said sorry as they have their artists already. Also I don’t have any job so I cannot put my baby in a day care to have more times to pursue my artworks.
What would you like to share with the people of Calgary about your works?
I believe in my artistic talent and I want to share my artworks with them. I want to ask them please buy artworks before artist’s dead.
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