Sahar Khalkhalian
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Sahar Khalkhalian

My Iranian culture is continuously at a tug of war between modernism and traditional values. Although I have traveled all around the world, I am still an Iranian woman in my roots. We are all stuck between traditional Persian values and our desire to achieve a more modern outlook and lifestyle, which is evident in all of my work. 

My work is based on my observations of people who are isolated, both physically and mentally. Lack of attachment and dependency helped me discover a new sense of self. My current body of work focuses on figures that have gradually stepped out of isolation, and the austerity while focusing on myself, is to explore the issue of solitude and loneliness. My whole purpose is to try and express to my audience the deeply rooted feelings and messages that are hard to say out loud. There is nothing more gratifying than watching those observe your work and being able to tell from the expression on their faces that they too are feeling what I am feeling and that they understand.

In my current series, the "Naked Immigrants," I explore the loss of identity immigrants go through when they are forced to leave their homes and dive into the unknown. Immigrants go through such hardship and pain that it often leads them to become mere shells of humans that experience a severe loss in identity. For example, an immigrant loses its language. For an immigrant, its mother language turns into something personal and to be hidden within the dark walls of their own home. Their voices are silenced, their identities are stripped, and they are forced to restart their life completely naked.  Immigration is a concept that is dearly personal to me as it is something I have been through throughout my life. The figures I have featured in these paintings are symbolic representations of this loss of identity. The sculpted blank faces on the canvas, the clinging of the figures to each other, and the covered up mouths representing the forced silence.

I believe that an artist and their work is as unique as a fingerprint. If the artist and their feelings are raw and genuine, it shows through their work. I only create when I am genuinely inspired and never push myself. I do not treat my creativity as a 9-5 job that needs to be done at a particular time each day; I only work when I am either extremely happy or devastated. Art is incomplete if there is not a force of emotion behind it, and I only work when that specific intense emotion is present. Even when my art is political, it is on events that have emotionally moved me.



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Sahar Khalkhalian - The Stone Faced Soldiers (1) Molding, Acrylic on Canvas, Mixed Media View on a wall The Stone Faced Soldiers (1), 2017
Molding, Acrylic on Canvas
60" x 60"
$11000


The Stone Faced Soldiers (1), 2017
Molding, Acrylic on Canvas
60" x 60"
$11000
Sahar Khalkhalian - The Stone Faced Soldiers (2) Molding, Acrylic on Canvas, Mixed Media View on a wall The Stone Faced Soldiers (2), 2017
Molding, Acrylic on Canvas
60" x 78"
$11000


The Stone Faced Soldiers (2), 2017
Molding, Acrylic on Canvas
60" x 78"
$11000
Sahar Khalkhalian - The End of a Dictator Acrylic & Mixed Media on Canvas, Mixed Media View on a wall The End of a Dictator, 2017
Acrylic & Mixed Media on Canvas
78" x 78"
$9000


The End of a Dictator, 2017
Acrylic & Mixed Media on Canvas
78" x 78"
$9000
Sahar Khalkhalian - Nostalgia Acrylic & Mixed Media on Canvas, Mixed Media View on a wall Nostalgia, 2015
Acrylic & Mixed Media on Canvas
40" x 28"
$4500


Nostalgia, 2015
Acrylic & Mixed Media on Canvas
40" x 28"
$4500

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