Art plays a very important role in human’s life. The pictures drawn by an artist in a gallery, a fascinating poem or even the graphics in a game are the real instances of art. Art stimulates different parts of our brains to make us laugh or incite us to riot, with a whole gamut of emotions in between. The variety of art occurs based on the geographic locations, culture, religion and etc. Limitations, however, as a negative factor, are another reason of variety of art. Religion can both inspire and limit the art. Islamic style painting, rugs and carpets, tiling, hard stone carving and many more are the enchanting examples of Islamic art. In the other hand, limitations in Islamic art are the forbiddance of using nudity and certain words, or drawing. It is obvious that with such limitations, delivering a message via art in some points is impractical.
As a sculptor, I live in a country where a certain culture, religion and line of thinking is chosen for people and behaving out of this code of conduct which opposes their principles is rejected and an apostate.
Therefore, I have always been interested in discovering how people live in other countries because lifestyle and geographical line have a significant impact on how an artist thinks and creates his/her art. This residency program provides me with an opportunity to compare my intellectual frameworks and thinking patterns with those of other artists in my line of work in a residency program.
I aim to do this comparison on both professional and social levels and find out how much intellectual limitations or freedom can affect an artist’s line of thought. Have the restrictions imposed on me (by society) made me know myself and improve my intellectual growth better? Or have they stopped me?