Meet Sculptographer Yassi Mazandi 

meet an artist mondayFrom her birthplace of Tehran, to the United Kingdom the place she used to be raised, to Los Angeles the place she has made her house, artist Yassi Mazandi has all the time been fascinated about dissolving borders and mixing influences — and via extension, mediums. Mazandi works in porcelain, clay, bronze sculptures; art work and drawings; in recent years in video; and extra just lately in virtual mediums. Having spent a lot of lockdown entertaining and teaching herself concerning the enchantments and demanding situations of cryptoart, in 2021 she dropped her first AR and NFT items, during which she bridged the gaps between the intense corporeality of clay and the infinite power of the disembodied metaverse.

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Yassi Mazandi: Mace, a Ceremonial Vessel (Courtesy of JF Chen)

This all sounds very au courant, however in truth for Mazandi it all started right through her Rauschenberg Residency on Captiva Island in 2012, as some “technique-related experiments” advanced right into a frame of labor which she named “sculptographs,” as they mix bodily sculptures with complicated imaging practices like derivations from color-manipulated 3-D scans of the hand-thrown flower sculptures.

Mazandi’s gadgets and pictures light up interfering patterns, damaged mandalas, interventions into sacred geometry, and fractal sigils, all with botanical, cyborgian, and anatomical facets, hinting at narrative and ceremonial purposes. Now a brand new kinetic sculptural paintings via Mazandi, Language of the Birds, turns on the outside of LACMA’s Resnick Pavilion. The set up of schematic avian beings is according to an epic Twelfth-century Persian poem via Farid al-Din ‘Attar — a parable a few flock of birds endeavor a deadly mystical quest for God, additionally observed as a metaphor for a religious house, and even our personal highest selves — however claims transparent resonances with fresh problems from migration to local weather alternate and the seek for id and group.

Set up view of Yassi Mazandi: Language of the Birds, 2022 at LACMA (© Museum Buddies / LACMA)

L.A. WEEKLY: When did you first know you had been an artist?

YASSI MAZANDI: In my mid-teens I came upon how a lot I loved the inventive procedure, how nonetheless my thoughts is whilst growing artwork.


What’s your quick solution to those who ask what your paintings is set?

Nature and my response to it, each mindful and unconscious.


What would you be doing should you weren’t an artist?

I’d be brokenhearted and most likely going insane.


Did you move to artwork faculty? Why/Why no longer?

I’m self-taught. Unfortunately, artwork faculty (college, in truth anything else above highschool) used to be forbidden via parental sexism. Fortuitously, I like experimenting, making errors and studying.

Yassi Mazandi: Team of Porcelain Flower Sculptures (Courtesy of the Artist)

Why do you reside and paintings in L.A., and no longer in other places?

I got here to spend time with and get to understand my getting older father. I stayed on account of all that I like about L.A.


When is/used to be your present/most up-to-date/subsequent display or venture?

Language of the Birds is on display on the Los Angeles County Museum of Artwork (LACMA) thru June 2023. This is a kinetic sculpture of 100 bronze birds, named after the Twelfth century Persian poem concerning the seek for house, reality and that means. The set up additionally references local weather alternate and up to date, dramatic lack of chook populations. On September 18, I’ll be speaking about this new set up along artist Mohammad Barrangi — who additionally has an out of doors set up, Mantiq al-Tayr recently at LACMA.

Set up view of Yassi Mazandi: Language of the Birds, 2022 at LACMA (© Museum Buddies / LACMA)

What artist dwelling or useless would you maximum like to turn or paintings with?

Lee Bontecou.


Do you concentrate to song when you paintings? If that is so what?

Sure! The whole lot!


Web page and social media handles, please!

IG @YassiMazandi

Yassi Mazandi: Kernel, English porcelain and bronze (Courtesy of JF Chen)

Yassi Mazandi: Meals Chakras, Sculptographs w/ Blended Media (Courtesy the Artist)

Yassi Mazandi: Team of Ceremonial Vessels (Courtesy of the Artist)















































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Updated: August 29, 2022 — 3:02 pm