The mixed media work of Yegana Azadova combines the ancient art of weaving with modern painting. A native of Azerbaijan, Azadova grew up in Baku, a city with a long history of producing textiles rich in symbolism and cultural significance. In the past, every family in Baku owned a carpet with protective patterns that guarded the home from bad luck and evil forces. Inspired by this tradition, Azadova utilizes the customary carpet patterns–not just of Azerbaijan, but of other locations with a history of weaving, such as Peru–along with oil or acrylic paints to create art pieces filled with color, movement, and texture. By drawing upon symbolism, traditional figures, and abstract patterns, Azadova is able to infuse her pieces with energy and what she calls "joyous impulses." Each work also carries a sense of mystery, particularly due to her use of pile and pileless carpet weaving techniques on the back of her canvases, which stand out in their elegant, mirror-like simplicity.
Azadova was recently honored as a juror selected artist in the Chelsea International Fine Art Competition. She currently lives and works in Germany.