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Parjam Parsi

Artist Interview
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When did you begin your artist journey?

Struggling with my mother's health condition was part of our lives for as long as I can remember. Immediately following this battle fear of death was there so it became part of my life. Very unusual but I start to gaze at the darkness and walk through this path. After years nothing has changed. In making art about death, we were able to deal with these traumas. My father once said there is no therapy for us. Either you make art about your misery or you find a way to live from it. I chose this one.

Do you have experiences that impacted your art?

I failed a lot but what I learned from years of isolation was to be silent, work hard, and wait for my turn. Even knowing that this never came to me (my turn). the only motivation/life experience that kept me going through these years was hard work without expecting much results.

Where does your inspiration come from?

I usually make art about human failures. By making art in a very small frame, I express my thoughts or things that I am unable to say or even whisper to myself. In real life, I cannot fix or change anything. Making art from misery is the greatest curse or achievement, i don’t know. If I'm doing it in the most idealistic way asking the same question why we never learn from the past maybe it would be my legacy at my level.

What do you aim to say by the themes in your art?

Life continues on whether you like it or not. I remember days before pandemic one of my friends sent a photo on twitter "you need to look at this" a young couple was sharing a kiss on a rooftop while the city was burning under fire.
It's always worth it, no matter how challenging it can be at times. You cannot deny the beautiful co-existence between life and death. When you observe closely, you see how people react to empty spaces left after explosions. You also see how much it affects habitant lives but parallel to this there is still life beneath the cities. As someone who makes art in this region, you can reflect on stories like that. You are not a reporter. It is not your job to react to every event as it happens or to the news you hear every day. You cannot do that but you can make something around that. What I mean is if you react constantly everything becomes pointless
Becomes sentimental and in the most extreme case it becomes worthless (I believe there is no such thing as a worthless story) but on the edge of unlimited data exchange
The specific story loses value, the specific story becomes forgettable and even you as an artist will forget about the story that was so profound to yourself someday.
Reacting to empty spaces is more important than what happens every day.

How would you describe your creative process?

It was demolition, destruction at first. A few years ago, I was bored, so I decided to make a few changes to some of my early figurative works. In less than 10 hours, I destroyed 15 large scale works. It did teach me that within the destruction process I was able to find something valuable that I could use in the future. So, it becomes more like destruction, construction, repeat until I cannot make more changes.

What are your long-term artistic goals?

As long as I can, I want to be an artist. The people I saw were extremely talented, yet somehow did not stay in this artistic path, life throws many obstacles our way, some are lucky enough to survive and others are not.

What advice do you have for aspiring artists?

I'm not an optimistic person, but life is beautiful art is beautiful perfection is beautiful imperfection is beautiful. Don't take it the hard way, and go out and see the world, be your own first critic, and never stop reading.

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