Week 11 – Conversation with an Artist – Sirius Moghim

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This week I spoke with Sirius Moghim about his gallery. He is a senior graduating this upcoming fall, so this is his senior show. He will have his BFA in sculpture. He is mostly interested in Islamic culture and expressing it through geometry to create patterns. He decided to come to CSU Long Beach because of the excellent art program that it has in comparison to the other schools here in California.

The main piece I’m focusing on is the violin that is suspended in the air in front of a colorful and symmetrical background. The violin is seemingly made out of some form of opaque plastic that light cannot shine through as evidenced by the dark shadow it leaves on the background. The background has a wide range of colors that are mostly warm colors. It reminds me of the top of a tree with leaves, and the sun coming through the holes where it’s a bright white/yellow. The only cool colors seem to be at the bottom right with a green/blue hue there.

Speaking to him, he had a strong sense of the message that he was trying to portray and the reaction he was trying to elicit from the audience. He said that this piece was the portrayal of the excellence of god, and that it hints that patterns can transcend emotions and thoughts. His gallery and artwork as a whole is inspired by grief that he has had throughout his life, and this is how he processed said grief. He said that the crystal violin reminds him of his mother, and the shadow on the background caused by the violin shows the void and absence of his mother.

I feel like the contrast between the vibrant color and the dark space tries to communicate the emotions experienced in life. It says that by and large, life is a wonderful experience that will have plenty of amazing moments; however, it will have moments of grief and sorrow. Looking at it, the void only is about 10-20% of the art piece, so that may show that those down moments are not nearly as often as the joyous ones. I believe that the vibrancy of the colors is an attempt to show just how beautiful and breath-taking life is.IMG_0447

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