Solidarity in Diversity

Azadeh Mehryar

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Sculpture Area, Room D1357

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Landon Mackenzie Graduation Award for Visual Arts – Honourable Mention

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Solidarity in Diversity

“Solidarity in Diversity” 2022 & 2023. Ceramic, Mirror Tiles, Paint. 44 ceramic pieces arranged on a mirrored surface of 60″ x 36″, On Exhibit at the Emily Carr Grad Show 2023

“Solidarity in Diversity” is a multiplicity installation project which is composed of 44 ceramic cubic structures collectively with varying measurements arranged on a mirrored surface. The installation is inspired by the solidarity of diverse ethnic groups in Iran who are standing side by side in support of each other in the recent challenging era of socio-political unrest.

Solidarity in Diversity

The structures featuring the arcs as well as the installation approach are reminiscent of the particular Persian architecture and just as architectural buildings contain people and their belongings, the cubic structures contain a concept representing “the Iranian nation” and everything that is linked to this nation, including its culture, its history, its willing for freedom, and its sufferings as a society.

The fact that these structures are made of different clay bodies refers to the diversity of various ethnic communities in Iran. The mirrors do not only refer to the pool centerpiece that is featured in the Persian landscape architecture, but they also act as reflective elements, reflecting the unity and solidarity of this nation. The uneven surface of the mirror placements and the red marks on them indicate the unrest and the state of an extreme situation, red marks being for the bloodshed.

A R T I S T     S T A T E M E N T

It has long been my conviction that today’s constantly growing technology-based lifestyle has impacted the concept of creativity in which little to no tactile interactions are experienced and that the culture as a key component of one’s identity is being pushed to the margins. Having worked as a web developer previously, I realized that my creativity was limited to the digital screens, which was far from the creativity that I was originally interested in practicing. This lack of a tactile experience and the pale presence of culture in my career made me consider changing my path to the one in which I could touch my creations and paint them with the colors of culture. In the new path, I started to practice art with a key focus on ceramics whose process of making requires using hands to create, which includes touching, feeling, and altering the clay. Whether the final product is functional or non-functional, it is a tangible object that has been made with hands, with marks that bear this signature, physically and culturally.     Since the beginning of my artistic journey, I have been exploring the juxtaposition of the contemporary framework and traditional Persian art, which has led my body of works to include strong references to the Persian art and architecture as a response to my experience of diaspora in Canada and to pay tribute to my cultural identity. With reference to the geometry that is present in Persian design, my work explores symmetry, balance and traditional ideas of sculptural forms within a contemporary framework.
Following my idea of practicing ceramic art, I am interested to continue creating a body of work which will speak about the way the contemporary framework and the Persian traditional art could come together to further explore the tension between the symmetry and asymmetry, balance and imbalance, as well as tradition and modernity to find perfection within imperfection and vice versa.

O T H E R     W O R K S


“Hybridity”, 2023. Ceramics, 15.5″ x 8.5″ x 8.5″

H I S T O R Y       R E M A D E

“History Remade”, Replica of Achaemenid Griffin Rhyton, 2023. Ceramics, 8.5″ x 6″

S C A T T E R E D       B U T       N O T       L O S T

“Scattered, But Not Lost”, 2022, 80 Ceramic Tiles, Diameter of the Arrangement: 40″

P O M O G R A N A T E       V E S S E L      

“Pomogranate Vessel”, 2022, 9.5″ x 9.5″ x 16″


“Nomadic”, 2022, 7.5″ x 7.5″ x 10″

L O N G       N E C K       P O M O G R A N A T E

“Long Neck Pomogranate”, 2022, 4″ x 4″ x 15″

I M P R I S O N E D       C U L T U R E

“Imprisoned Culture”, 2022, 8″ x 5.5″ x 13.5″


“Abundance”, 2021, 15″ x 10″ x 8″


“Maze”, 2021, 10″ x 7.5″ x 14″


Azadeh Mehryar

Azadeh Mehryar is an Iranian born and raised interdisciplinary artist with a key focus on ceramics, and she is currently living in Vancouver, BC. Inspired by historical artifacts and through juxtaposition of the contemporary culture and the Persian culture, art and architecture, she creates work that explores themes including diaspora, hybridity, minority, cultural identity, and historical backgrounds informing the present. With regard to the geometry that is present in the Persian art, along with her personal experience of living in diaspora, her work seeks to navigate a realm in which the two cultures could come together; the realm that informs her cultural identity and provides a sense of continuity through her past and present.

Azadeh holds a BS in Software Engineering. With more than 14 years working experience in the web development sector, she switched to the art world at Langara college in 2018 to fulfill her long-time dream of art making. In 2020, She transferred to Emily Carr to pursue her artistic studies in ceramics, and she graduates with a BFA degree in May 2023. Azadeh has attended various exhibitions at Langara College and Emily Carr University since 2019, as well as a couple of online shows in 2021, and her grad project is on exhibit in the Grad Show at Emily Carr currently. Azadeh’s body of work will be exhibited at Place des Arts, Coquitlam in January 2024, and she will attend a ceramic art residency at the Shadbolt Center for the Arts in Burnaby over the summer 2023. Azadeh is also a proud recipient of the Northwest Ceramics Foundation and Brissenden scholarships in 2021.
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