Mahshid Farhoudi is an Iranian born/Canadian artist. A graduate of O.C.A.D in Toronto and further studies of traditional methods in Florence, Italy. She teaches at the Ottawa School of Art and Monart Art School of Ottawa. Mahshid is a recipient of Canada Council for the Arts. Her works can be found in the City of Ottawa art and private collections in Canada, US , Europe and Australia.
Mahshid Farhoudi is a figurative painter who explores issues of identity, displacement and belonging through her work. "My art practice draws from Iranian and occidental sources. Both figurative and architectural elements are central to my painting. Although aware of new trends in figuration, I have been appropriating symbols, icons and imagery from my culture and from my Canadian context to affirm my position to issues that I consider important. The relationship between my painted figures and their architectural contexts creates a dialogue within the work. It is this textural element that is of great interest to me. There is a direct relationship between the subject of my paintings and the techniques I employ."
Media: oil on canvas
Size: 48" x 38"