Rana Amirtahmasebi
Medium: Ceramics/Pottery and Printmaking

Studio Location:
183 Lorraine Street
Studio # Ceramics Arena

Email: ramirtahmasebi@gmail.com

Website:: ceramicsbyrana.com/

Artist Bio:
Rana Amirtahmasebi is an Iranian ceramicist based in Brooklyn. Rana's immigration path has taken her to New Haven, New York, Boston, Washington DC, and back to New York. She has learned some pottery along the way from instructors in all these places. Rana uses clay as a canvas to silkscreen, stencil, draw, and stamp. A good segment of her creation process happens outside the studio and on the computer, where she designs patterns, maps, and Persian calligraphic texts. She then applies these patterns to her functional pieces, which she makes using slab building, slip casting, and occasionally wheel throwing.

Artist Statement:
I find myself in an endless search for patterns. My ceramics stem from my background in architecture/urban planning, my Iranian heritage, and my obsession with mid-century geometric designs. I look at aerial photographs, satellite imagery, Persian calligraphy, and mid-century geographic designs and find a wealth of patterns to use in my work. I then use different methods to transfer these patterns to my ceramics.

Why maps? Maps show the cultural landscapes of our cities. They show the civic structure, block sizes, and natural elements. They reveal so much about life, habits, and culture of citizens. For me, maps of cities are like palms of humans. You can tell what they have gone through and what path they see ahead by palm reading a city. You can tell the difference between two peoples by looking at the maps or aerial photographs of their cities. You can tell if they are conservative or outgoing. You can see if they had lots of resources or if they had to make the best of scarcities they faced. You can tell if they celebrated public life or preferred privacy.

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