My work as an artist revolves around my internal experiences as a dancer. Whether it is the emotional landscape that forms in response to the music, or the shapeshifting my body undergoes when I am connected to another person, I am continuously mesmerized by the mystery of being a conscious, evolving organism. Most recently I completed a collaborative, six month long project at La Paternal Espacio Proyecto artist residency in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
My passion for travel and exploration stems from my the wonderful and adventurous childhood. I was born in Iran and spent my early years in Zambia, Africa where my parents worked at the Russian embassy. In the early 1990s we moved back to Russia where we stayed until 1996. My father's work took us to Dallas, Texas where I spent the next 18 years. After finishing high school I pursued a double major in studio art and art history at the University of North Texas. Upon receiving my BFA I went on to complete an MFA program in studio art at Southern Methodist University and an MA in art history from University of North Texas. It was during this time that I got introduced to yoga, meditation, dance, and other movement modalities which have become a major influence in my work as an artist and teacher. In the spring of 2014 I moved to Portland, OR, where I began teaching at Pacific Northwest College of Art. In Portland I have delved further into the expressive and healing power of dance within Argentine tango, Blues, and contact improvisation.
All of my various experiences and influences come together within the context of DANCEDRAW, which is a way of approaching life as a continuous creative collaborative endeavor, acknowledging the multidimensionality and interconnectedness of our inner and outer lives. My vision is to continue to travel and explore, collaborating and creating projects that promote embodiment and expansion of consciousness.