Based in Iran
We are thrilled to interview talented Azam Latifzadeh about her journey with art, nature of the inspiration, some recommendations for those who are just beginning their creative journey, and many more
AR: Please, tell us a bit more about yourself. What brought you into art?
A: I studied architecture at university. Architecture is about your eyes always looking and your mind is creating. A Part of my vision and my movement to origami stems from studying architecture. Others are my own interests in art, and if you ask where they come from, I can not give a specific answer. I can only say that there are things in every person for which nobody can find a specific source for it, as a set of various factors lead to emerge them and not the whole is easy to express.
AR: What inspires you the most?
A: Culture and most importantly folklore. Folklore is the difference between peoples and nations. It is very inspiring. It is full of meaning and SYMBOLS. It exists in all aspects of life and affects the present and the future.
AR: What would you recommend to someone who's new to art (rather artist or just an admirer), what to begin with?
A: Look around a lot.
Look around you, art is part of the world around us. You are not going to see art only in exhibitions and museums. Just look around again, a little simple but creative.
AR: Your top 3 favorite adjectives related to art?
A: In my opinion, art should be simple, expressive, and beautiful at the same time. In other words, art must be the way that ordinary people understand and artists appreciate it.
AR: The best angle to look at art is from..?
A: The best angle to look at art is from the audience's point of view. These audiences can be ordinary people or special.
AR: The Perfect phrase to start any conversation about art is: ..?
A: This quote from Thomas Merton: “Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” Has art succeeded? How about us?
AR: Must-read books to talk about art (or do we even need them)?
A: Every book, podcast, and documentary tells the life story of artists. I think they can be very inspiring because they explain part of why and how to create artworks by an artist.
AR: If you could change one thing in the art world - what would it be?
A: Complexity. It is not acceptable for me to be obscure and vague. Art should simply be indicative or at least provide pleasure.
AR: Please, share your favorite quote (not necessarily related to art)
A: Live as if you were to die tomorrow.
Learn as if you were to live forever.
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