Artist's Statement - Parvin Farzaneh
Parvin Farzaneh has been an artist for over 30 years now. Initially she produced works in oil and pastel. However, for the past twenty years, she has been working with different materials and creating sculptures in bronze, marble, alabaster, agate, and clay. She received formal training at the Saidye Bronfman Centre, in Montreal, and has developed her own style for large-scale outdoors sculptures using winterstone.
The themes and modeling of her sculptures often suggest the organic. They represent a concern with essential form and volume, the functionality of the material, a sense of the importance of human beings in nature and their unity with it, as well as the process by which movement and feeling can be breathed into the solid and inanimate. Rounded features and fluid lines emulate natural forms and elements. Poses suggest growth and allegorize elements such as trees from whose roots the figures extend.
Her increasing interest in creating outdoors sculptures stems from the fact that they are not only attractive for their scale, visibility, and accessibility, but that they can be vehicles for educating the public and awakening their sense of aesthetics. Moreover, the exposure to such artwork can induce the public to preserve nature as a source of inspiration for the maintenance of beauty and harmony.
Vita - Parvin Farzaneh
Born in Iran, Parvin Farzaneh received her Fine Arts degree from the University of Teheran. In 1972, she moved to Switzerland where she followed courses in painting and etching at the Ecôle des Beaux-arts de Lausanne. During her long career as a painter, Parvin has held numerous solo and group exhibitions, and upon moving to Montreal, Canada, she continued exhibiting her paintings. She also became increasingly interested in experimenting with other mediums and, in 1983, she received formal training in sculpture at the Saidye Bronfman Centre, in Montreal. She has since applied her creative and artistic talents to developing her own technique and style in this medium.