Samantha Ahdoot, Santa Monica Member Since June 2009 Artist Statement Art has been a part of my life as far back as I can remember. Born in Iran, into a Persian culture of Islamic influence and raised in California, the dichotomy of the two cultures has played a big part in my life, especially on a creative level.
I fell into graphic design during my studies in college. The diversity of numerous art styles combining into one practice attracted me. It taught me discipline. Encouraged me to discover other forms of expressions; photography, illustration, typography, layout and digital manipulation. It taught me the value of self discovery and the understanding of outside influences, therefore, allowing me to utilize this knowledge as a great means of communication. This discipline has helped me process the inner and outer elements of my life onto a further study of self expression, my paintings. It has given me strength and pushed me beyond my own boundaries.
In this path, my paintings have given me the ability to freely and truly express my thoughts and emotions through a more organic process. By means of utilizing the human body, I have been able to communicate the power of emotions and the body and their relationships and contributions to each other. By means of using wood as my canvas, I've also been able to incorporate and combine my art with the environment that surrounds me. As is, part of the earth, part of nature such is our bodies and our emotions, such is our own existence.
The final meaning and motivation of my work usually surfaces after its completion. It is in this mystery that I remain intrigued and often a stranger, waiting patiently to unravel yet another layer of myself.