SEDIGHE ZOUGHI


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.

  1. 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.

  1. How would you describe your style?

Simplified real objects in a blank space.

  1. 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.

  1. What are the inspiration for your art?

Usually stories behind subjects or sometimes only the beauty of something which makes me enjoy painting it.

  1. 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.

  1. What are some of your favorite artists?

Edward Hopper, Paul Cezanne, Mark Rothko, Carol Marine and Sohrab Sepehri.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. What is a key element in creating a work?

Making a connection with the concept one wants to create.

  1. 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.

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