Sinopia is proud to introduce our November 2010 Artist of the Month: Taravat Talepasand. Taravat was born to Iranian parents in Portland Oregon. She received her undergraduate degree in illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design and her master's degree from the San Francsico Art Institute. She has shown extensively in domestic galleries and abroad.
Taravat is not bound by just one medium, whether it is egg tempera with Lapis Lazuli Blue Fra Angelico Blue Pigment or her favorite shade of Milk Paint: Antique Pink, her message resounds loudly throughout.
The Censored Garden, Egg tempera on linen, 44 x 30 inches 2008
my most recent visit to Iran I became more acutely aware of the
cultural mores governing what would be deemed "inappropriate", an
accessible state-of-being within any culture. Growing up an Iranian
within America had been arduous and awkward compounded by being a female
of Muslim background. As a whole, we, as Iranians, had little
consciousness of assimilation because of a constant denial of our
permanence in America. Being a young woman born into the new name of the
Islamic Republic of Iran involves a certain degree of uncertainty over
one's identity. In Iran I found myself to be transgressive, yet within
American culture being Iranian is transgressive in that American
individualism and Iranian deference to tradition were irreconcilable and
traveling down one of those paths meant turning your back on the other
even if the defiance was temporal; this was the hidden catch of the
formation of my identity. The contradictions caused my head to
constantly bounce around the questions of percentages; identity which is
inherently exterior and self-defined versus inward and pre-determined.
Was it like a game of backgammon: sixty percent luck, forty percent
all copyrighted images are displayed by written permission from the artist
Taratvat Talepasand's Website: www.taravattalepasand.com