Minoosh Zomorodinia is an Iranian-born interdisciplinary artist who makes visible her emotional and psychological reflections as seen in her mind’s eye inspired by nature and her environments. She earned her MFA in new genres from San Francisco Art Institute, and holds a Masters degree in Graphic Design and BA in Photography from Azad University in Tehran. She has received several awards and residences including MFA Fellowship from San Francisco Art Institute, Finalist Tosa Award, First prize of The Anne Bremer Memorial Library’s Artists’ Book Contest, the Photography Award from Pocono Arts Council, Djerassi Resident Artists Program, I-Park international Artists-in-Residence Program, the Affiliate Program at Headlands Center for the Arts, . She has exhibited locally and internationally such as Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Root Division, SOMArts, Pori Art Museum, WORKS San Jose, Saba Cultural and Artistic Institute in Tehran, Iran, Museum of Contemporary Art Isfahan, Iran, Transylvania Art Center Romania, and Marin Community Foundation. Her work is in the permanent collection of Nevada Museum of Art. Currently she works and lives in the Bay Area and is Affiliate Artist at Headlands Center for the Arts.
An underlying theme in my work is the investigation of the concept of “Self” particularly how the “self” relates to the environment. My works are deeply informed by my cultural background, religion, and politics. Borrowing from rituals and nature, sometimes infusing humor, I integrate contradictory concepts in pieces that visualize “Self” struggles. I use the mediums of photography and video to document intuitive moments played out within specific spaces. I make visible to audiences the view in my mind’s eye—reflections of my emotional, psychological, and subconscious experiences.
What a great opportunity to be at SFAI! The first and most impression was the building itself and what made it more amazing was working with so many talented artists from different background. I was able to build up a friendship beside taking advantage of my time and make it very productive.