Artist: Almira M. Nikravesh
Media: Cement plaster, MDF, Hydrocal
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dr. Maxine Merlino Gallery
Website: Artist does not have a website
This week I had the pleasure in meeting Amira Nikrabesh. Amira is a senior in the Sculpture BFA program.She decided to become an art major because she likes to feel free and she has more choices. With art she does not feel restricted with materials. Amira feels most comfortable with sculpting because she can work with anything she wants pretty much and this is what inspired her with this particular sculpture. The inspiration behind her art is her life growing up and her culture.
Amira had two main focuses on her sculpture: the feet, and the carpet. All the feet are made out of the same mold and are made of white-greyish cement plaster. They are identical and all aligned perfectly surrounding what seemed to be the main focus of the sculpture. The main focus was the centered tan colored rug. It looked hard as if it was made out of a different type of cement or clay. The rug itself was detailed all around. It seems as if one were to step on the carpet barefoot, it would really hurt.
Walking into this exhibit I immediately had so many questions. I wondered why there was so many feet and what they symbolized and what was the idea behind the centered carpet. Amira explained that a big inspiration to her work was her culture and they way she was brought up. She also explained about how certain things such as a silk rug were a great symbol of her culture and I believe the rug she created was symbolizing one like one from her childhood. Amira explained that the feet were there in relation to the carpet. In other words the feet were placed in a certain way the symbolize the importance of the carpet and how it was the center of the attention as all feet were facing it.
I think it was very creative that Amira was able to come up with one very important thing that summed up her culture and the way she was brought up . This was very unique to my eyes as I have never seen anything portrayed like this. I think that if I were to sum up something and make a sculpture about something that symbolized my life it would be in relation to education because my mom would remind us everyday how important it was to us. Overall, I was very impressed with how meaningful Amira’s sculpture was.