Born in 1984, in Qom, Iran, Sedighe has always painted mundane subjects: ordinary things with potential, hidden beauty in either their concept, form or color. After moving to Japan in 2012 with her husband, she discovered Sumi-e, Japanese Ink Painting. She creates minimalist yet detailed paintings of things in nature while exploring beauty in the mundane.
- When did you first start making art?
I’ve been painting since my childhood but I was about 13 years old when I started painting more seriously after attending a painting workshop.
- How would you describe your style?
Simplified real objects in a blank space.
- How has your art evolved over the years?
It’s moving more towards minimalism especially after learning about Japanese Ink painting. I graduated from the University of Tehran with a masters degree in fine art painting. My work there was much busier, influenced by so many people and the rush of everyday life. Kobe-shi is a small town in Japan, I’m surrounded by nature and serenity. While many of my works are very detailed, I am influenced by Japanese art and their incredible focus on a single object. I find this style emphasizes the beauty of the simple subjects I depict.
- What are the inspiration for your art?
Usually stories behind subjects or sometimes only the beauty of something which makes me enjoy painting it.
- How did living in Japan influence your art?
Since I’ve started living in Japan, I’m more into minimalism and appreciating small, simple beauties in my life which has had a direct impact on my art too.
- What are some of your favorite artists?
Edward Hopper, Paul Cezanne, Mark Rothko, Carol Marine and Sohrab Sepehri.
- What is your creative process like?
I get influenced by a subject and then I start sketching, bringing it to the fewest possible lines and
tones in a blank space.
- How long does it take you to complete a painting?
It depends on the subject but usually the sketching phase is the longest part of the process. It varies from 3-4 hours to 3-4 days.
- What is a key element in creating a work?
Making a connection with the concept one wants to create.
- What do you want people to take away from your work? What do you want
your work to make them feel?
I’d like to create a moment of beauty and persuade people to see the beauty in mundane objects.