Artist Profile – Maliheh Zafarnezhad
We talk to Maliheh Zafarnezhad, whose work features photo transfer and multi-layered pieces of collage, in the latest of our artist profile series.
Collage, Photo transfer, Acrylic.
When did you decide you wanted to do this kind of work?
Over three years ago.
Tell us about the process of your work.
I use my personal antiquated family photos alongside archival photos of historical illustrations to create multi-layered pieces of collage. The collage pieces decontextualise images by merging photos from different times and places on the top of each other; such a poetic approach which results in making metaphors could be seen as a method to give birth to a third time and place. These works could be seen as romantic attempts to delicately touch and provoke finest human emotions and probably to outline the paradoxes and complexity of identity.
Who/what has inspired you?
Iranian miniatures, old photographs.
What are your ambitions/hopes for the next five years?
Having a solo exhibition in London and in Manchester.
What motivates you to start and complete projects?
Every b&w old photograph motivates me to start a new piece.
Tell us about something you are proud of.
After practising in photo transfer and collage technique for almost three years, I believe I have achieved my personal style in art.
What is really challenging about your work?
Because of the photo transfer process, it is not easy to control the result. Sometimes I’m very surprised with what has happened during the process.
How did you become involved with Arts Gateway/Arts Central?
After I moved from Ireland to UK in 2016, I was looking to rent a studio in MK and I found AG on the internet.
How has Arts Gateway/Arts Central contributed towards you achieving your goals?
I’m so happy to have a space at AC. Art Central was the first place for me to start my art career as a professional artist and I really have enjoyed during these years by having my studio and connection to other artist residents.