Arian Behzadi has traversed the fields of neuro-biology to graphic designer. Doing both personal & commissioned work his artistic collection of mixed media collages provide evidence of his scientific background, as he explains “I have always found parallels between art and the sciences so a lot of my studies find their way into my artwork”.
1. What would you say is the most important theme in your work?
A lot of my work deals with bringing together seemingly unrelated elements to show something new about the two. I tried to dive into the cliché and ended up with results I’m really proud of.
2. What’s most inspiring to your working process?
Music. A piece can change drastically depending on the music I am listening to. It is interesting to go back and look at things I’ve made and remember the songs that were playing at the time.
3. Have you any strange talents that influence the work you produce or the way you produce it?
As I mentioned above, I’m really big on associations (music and mood and colour) so I definitely let the music I’m listening to guide the tone of a piece.
4. Which artist of the past would you resurrect to collaborate with and why?
I would really love to sit down with Ray Eames. She is such an interesting figure to me and seemed to have an insane intuition about things like colour and form. Also, a resurrected Ray Eames would probably look really scary and cool.
5. Do you think your work is understood or misinterpreted and why?
It might be strange, but I don’t mind if people misunderstand or misinterpret my work. I’m not sure if it’s my place to cram a message down a viewer’s throat.
6. If you could decorate one place in the world what would it be and how would you do it?
I’m staring at a white corner of my room that I think I’ll make something for this weekend. I have old magazines and fishing line. I’ve started to experiment with more spatial collages with elements floating above and below each other.
7. What to date has been your ‘cherry on the cake’ moment and what was it that got you there?
I was recently approached to do a piece for Wired Magazine, and that was a really big deal for me. The email came out of nowhere and I really hope to do more work like that in the future.
8. What we ask everyone! Does your artistic style influence your underwear?
Yes, yes, and yes.
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