I am interested in the human form and psychology. In my works I explore the relationship between the body and the space it inhabits and as inhabited space. I use elemental mediums such as paper, wax, ink and water to explore the diluted and uncertain worlds of my subjects. These are often transient identities, those who live in the margins and in-between worlds. The materials I use grant my drawings and drawn spaces permeability and ambiguity. They blur the lines between the body and background highlighting at once it's fragility and it's agency to define and act as critical cartography.
Anonymous and fragmentary, my figures live at once nowhere and all over, asking questions about how we are read and how we make space for ourselves in the world when stripped of all context?
Naghmeh Sharifi is an Iranian / Canadian multidisciplinary artist based in Montreal. She holds a BA in Visual Arts and one in Psychology from the University of British Columbia and an MFA from Concordia University. Since 2006, her artwork has been exhibited in Tehran, Berlin, Lyon, Mexico City, Los Angeles, Toronto and Skopje. In Montreal, she has presented her work at such sites as Les Territoires Gallery (2013), Montreal Council of the Arts (2015), Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery (2017) as well as the MAI (2018). In 2015, Naghmeh Sharifi was the recipient of the Impressions Residency at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.