Mitra Saboury – Los Angeles, California + London

Briefly describe the work you do.

My work at the moment deals with the built environment’s affect on bodily space… how roads and sidewalks and cracks move us throughout the city, and how our minds and bodies respond in turn.

Tell us a little about your background and how that influences you as an artist.

I love brains. I used to cut them up and do experiments in a lab but then decided it would be more exciting to do that outside of a lab.

“Pothole”

The concept of the “artist studio” has a broad range of meanings, especially in contemporary practice. The idea of the artist toiling away alone in a room may not necessarily reflect what many artists do from day to day anymore. Describe your studio practice and how it differs from (or is the same as) traditional notions of “being in the studio.”

I guess I’m a bit like a turtle with a studio shell. It goes with me throughout the day and sometimes I sit in it for a while.

What unique roles do you see yourself as the artist playing that you may not have envisioned yourself in when you first started making art?

When I first started making art, I never imagined I could live as an artist. So hey — it is a unique role in itself.

“Nail Spa”

When do you find is the best time of day to make art? Do you have time set aside every day, every week or do you just work whenever you can?

I work when my head is clear — when my space is clean and there aren’t claws on my back, I’m working.

How has your work changed in the last five years? How is it the same?

It’s gotten filthier as I become a bigger and better woman every day.

Are there people such as family, friends, writers, philosophers or even pop icons that have had an impact on the work you do?

Whoever created the title sequence for True Detective / Matthew McConaughey

If you had an occupation outside of being an artist, what would that be and why?

Hockey player, carpenter, surgeon, car salesman, gardner, ophthalmologist, repo man, house painter, dog walker, roofer, anesthesiologist, furniture designer, forest ranger, firefighter, drug dealer, dolphin trainer, construction worker, bartender, navy seal, art handler, paparazzi, ambulance driver…. all occupations I admire.

About

headshotMitra Saboury holds her bachelors in neuroscience from the University of Pittsburgh (2010), and her Master of Fine Arts from Goldsmiths, University of London (2013). Selected exhibitions include Victoria House, “The Future Can Wait” (2014), Saatchi Gallery, “Jealous Graduate Award” (2014), Griffin Gallery and Charlie Smith London, “Young Gods” (2014) and Art Party Conference Scarborough (2013). Saboury was awarded the MAstars Axisweb award in 2013, the International Women’s Erotic Art Prize in 2014, and was featured in Edward Lucie-Smith and Zavier Ellis’ “100 London Artists.” She currently lives and works between Los Angeles and London.

“Stumbling Block”

MitraSaboury.com

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About Frank Juarez

Frank Juarez is a gallery director, art educator, artist, published author, presenter, and arts advocate living and working in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. Organizing local and regional art exhibitions, community art events, facilitating presentations, and supporting artists through professional development workshops, use of social media and networking has placed him in the forefront of advancing and promoting local artists and attracting regional and national artists to interact, collaborate, network and exhibit in the Wisconsin.
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