How to peacefully tackle and question the ideologies, values, and happenings of the 21st century? The disagreements, the conflicts, the foolishness yet the ever-present of innocence and divine are the prismatic reflections in the artwork of Afsoon, a renowned Iranian born, London-based artist. Her assemblage tells the story of individuals who bare open the vulnerabilities of humanity such as her collection of poets. At the same time, she shed lights to paradoxes of war and allegorical beliefs of our times in an imaginative and whimsical manner.
Afsoon explores complexities of our world and takes us a step forward to examine perceptions and tenets. Similar to our pure ideals of love, the original sin, transformation of Adam & Eve, the defiant celebrities to earthlings, or the schisms of feminine experience. Still, hope is in existence. A firm believer of a fairytale, she constructs narratives, she remembers, she solves, and she implies survival of not only the fittest but the one that still believes in humanity.
She makes use of linocut, photography, watercolour, collage, and etching for her multilayered creations. For the most part, she illustrates her deep connection with her homeland while exploring the splendor and the Achilles heel of the East and the West. Afsoon’s works have been extensively exhibited and can be found worldwide in prominent collections and museums, including the British Museum, Los Angeles County Museum and Berger/YSL Collection, among others.
Jupilings: Tell us about yourself and how you got into art-
A: As long as I can remember, I have been making things. From drawings with crayons at a very young age and my preteen magazine collages to film art in my early twenties to work, I do now.
Jupilings: How do you choose your protagonists-
A: I am my protagonist.
Jupilings: What is the fundamental principle in your creations-
Jupilings: As an artist, what role and social responsibility you shoulder-
A: An artist should be honest.
Jupilings: When you are creating a work of art, you are forging an engagement with a situation or an emotion. Do you aspire to drive public awareness to activism, in any stage of your creation-
A: Emotions are always involved in creating my art. I tell my story and leave it up to the viewers to engage with it in their own way.
Jupilings: What is one undisclosed or mysterious piece of information about yourself, you would bravely share with your audience-
A: I am scared of the dark.
Jupilings: What does women empowerment mean to you-
A: I am a woman and a feminist. Equality is the answer.
Jupilings: Three tips about building a brand name as an artist-
A: I don’t believe in this brand name and so forth. I am an old-fashioned artist. My only tip is to keep on making art.
Jupilings: What do you do to conquer fear or self-doubt-
A: I make art and write short stories.
Jupilings: What superpower you would like to have-and why-
A: I would like to be invisible to see and hear things that are not meant for me.
Jupilings: Which movie you would have liked to be the leading actor-
Jupilings: What is your life motto-
A: I follow Louise Bourgeois with: Art is a guaranty of sanity.