Self-taught Sculptor My Work Explores Concepts of Humanity
My name Bijan and I am a self-taught sculptor. I am currently a senior at Michigan state university receiving my BFA in Graphic Design. Sculpture has always been a side hobby where I feel the freest to express myself. A lot of my recent work explores concepts of humanity, creative struggle, mental health/depression, and love. My current style mixes realism with elements of surrealism imagery. Coming from a family of doctors, I am fascinated with human anatomy and use it in most of my work. I mainly work with oil/wax-based clay. I find that this material is very flexible and allows me to achieve effects that would otherwise be difficult such as melting and other types of temperature manipulation.
Everything I make is done with my 2 hands and pocketknife which helps with the finer details. Studying Graphic design in collage has certainly made me much more detail obsessive. I believe The way light hits material is very important is selling the believability of the sculpture, and having realistic skin texture and anatomical accuracy goes a long way in helping. My Creative process is very simple, I normally get and image in my head, and make and often times remake a piece until I get to a stage where I am at peace with what I made. It often takes me around a day to make the sculpture; any longer and I often get bored with the idea and move on. I am never happy with anything I make because I always feel like if I remake it the piece will be even better. Honestly, my obsession with this craft has never brought me any joy, it just seems to keep me sane and gives my mind some peace and quiet. ~ Artist Bijan