In my current work I synthesize issues regarding society and the human condition from a personal perspective. Displacement, memory, and the search for cultural identity are all central concerns. My work utilizes ancient and contemporary technology – ceramics, poetry, ambient sound and video – in a holistic sensory experience. My upbringing in Iran has given me great appreciation of the potential of clay, both as a plastic material of enormous transformative potential and as a source of metaphorical content for the nature of the human body. The ability of clay to serve as a venue for images and sound offers tremendous means of didactic and expressive engagement and empowers my art in a serious way to observe the world and make things visible.
The dynamism of my work is vested in the engagement of the viewer in a way that establishes a dialogue through shared experience. People move today in ways that they have done for centuries but with an unprecedented rapidity. Many do so without knowing what awaits them either at their destination or along the way. Coming into contact with others inevitably leaves one changed, either through receptivity or resistance to new ways of living and new perspectives. It is ironic that in our ultra-connected society, which is saturated with social media and communicative technology, people nonetheless withdraw into pockets of comfort, where individual identity somehow seems to imply that individuals should be identical. Cultural heritage and social diversity enrich our world, and the recognition and celebration of that variety brings with it the responsibility to understand and respect one another as human beings that all live on a single, fragile planet in the midst of the vast universe.
— Raheleh Filsoofi