In my artistic practice I focus on blurring boundaries between different media to create a fantasy world of abundant color, pattern, texture, and meaning.
I do not approach each piece of work with a pre-conceived master plan. Instead I take a set of images as if being presented with a puzzle to both create and solve. There is no linear path to my quest as the puzzle is only complete when I have visually and instinctually created an interconnected and harmonious balance between the elements.
In my collage work I use fashion magazine cut-outs (Vogue in particular) to recontextualize produced images. Each of the individual collage pieces has their own personality. Some are dominant, loud and strong; some are subdued and unenergetic; and others when alone may even go unnoticed. Finding their place on the canvas involves constant negotiation. The effect is that the various energies and characteristics change in dynamic and often surprising ways. The understated pieces, depending on where they end up on the canvas, become highlighted and energetic, while previously dominant shapes become unidentifiable in relation to the others.
what media says:
“Vogue, fashion’s bible is among the most controlled – and controlling – magazines on the newsstands. But control seems to be Anahita Azrahimi’s strong suit- Her work translates into an intuitively controlled balance.” -Peter Goddard, Toronto Star
“Azrahimi creates an absorbing flow of colour and feeling in a small space of paint-swiped canvas.”
“coherent and evocative” -Torontoist
“vivid and ethereal” – Fashion.Art.Toronto.
what art lovers say:
“vivid . wymsical . humourous . fluid”
In the end of working with painting and collage the distinct boundaries between the printed images and brush strokes fade to create a new, unified form of visual and textural representation or ‘textural painting’. I have solved my puzzle!