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Fiber Art by Maryam Ashkanian

Maryam Ashkanian, born in 1988 is an Iranian sculptor and painter. She received the Bachelor of Art in painting at the Art Faculty of Gilan University in Iran in 2012.

My childhood was embedded in textiles and sewing. Until I started at the fine arts university, I did not realise it was possible to use textiles as a medium, so I used oil painting at first. Later, I realised that oil paint was not my vision of the world. It took me awhile to understand and realise the numerous possibilities and the flexibility that textiles and sewing could bring to my practice. There were some things I couldn’t achieve in the oil painting that I can with textiles. In my work, I attempt to create a concrete conceptual body formed with many layers to achieve what my inspiration guides me to do.  

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