Nasim Makaremi, Artist – St. John’s
Nasim Makaremi Nia graduated with an MSc in solid-state physics in Iran, but she is a painter. She started painting and drawing when she was ten years old. In addition to school lessons, she participated in art classes and other artistic activities. Her physics background helps in the development of her art as well. She has shown work in several group exhibitions. Her art is focused on subjects such as humanity, and the lives and emotions of women. She uses animals as symbols to deal with sexuality with the intent to magnify gender discrimination and censorship. Her exhibition Secret Code is on display at Eastern Edge Gallery’s David Tuck Library; however, the gallery is currently closed due to COVID restrictions. She has also been named one of the artists-in-residence for Eastern Edge’s Winter 2021 FARR Program.
Drawing is an experience and an art. It is an extra-sensory art – at least, for me. When I sit and draw for a long time, I sketch every inch of my mental scene with exact details about its smells, sounds, and characters. I aim to translate my deep obsessions, which involve emotion and experience, through my drawings. Paintings and drawings have always been a window to my brain. It is turned from inward-looking to outward-looking. I usually think about my subject for a couple of days first, and then I sit to paint for a couple of hours until my imagination is well-formed on the paper.
Hand embroidery helps many of us focus on keeping worries and the chaotic thoughts of our daily lives away. Embroidery is meditative and has been used for a long time to improve emotional and mental health – especially in women’s lives. The relation between textiles and women is one of my obsessions, and I try to magnify this connection.
Every day I surf the net to study art. I am interested in increasing my knowledge and updating it. I also read art books that I borrow from the library. While I study, I listen to background music. I am in love with traditional music from Persia and Azerbaijan. I try to keep in touch with my friends and talk with them about my ideas. If I have spare time, I watch movies or television series, and enjoy listening to some fantastic podcasts.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, I spent time nurturing my plants’ growth as a part of my daily activities. I find this delightful. It gives me a chance to break free from the clutches of technology. I may not be wrong to say that one feels vainglorious when you give life to a plant. This is one of the best hobbies that I have ever had. It also brings me closer to nature and reminds me that plants are living beings too. They have and share a life just as we do. We are paving the existence for a new being and giving life by merely cutting and planting. I think that this is amazing and it’s a fact that is often ignored.
In quarantine, I have had more time to see exhibitions. I try to visit the many virtual exhibitions that famous artists hold all over the world.