The Modesto Junior College Department of Art presents “Passerine”– an exhibit of art works by Mariam Pakbaz, on display January 15 through February 7, 2019 in the Art Gallery on the East Campus, 435 College Avenue, Modesto.
The first art gallery show of the spring semester features Pakbaz’s paintings and drawings that reflect the inner workings of her mind. The gallery is open 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Thursday and admission is free.
A public reception for the artist is scheduled for Thursday, January 24, 5:30-7:30 p.m., with Pakbaz speaking around 6 p.m. in the Art Gallery. The reception is free of charge and light refreshments are served.
In a statement on her website the artist says, “Drawing is a mirror, a technique that enables the creator to look back at herself. Currently my drawings are a reflection of the “unvisual unwindings” of the inner-workings from my mind. Immaterial thoughts are the unfocused puzzle pieces that make up a portion of my identity. Drawing captures these elusive ideas that transform and permute the process. A physical representation is produced from an autobiographical moment. This is a transfer, a movement of a personal inner world, a relocation of flashes of imagery and snippets of brain activity into a viewable medium. A drawing builds up over time into a raw, transparent image composed of layers representing the changing nature of thoughts. I pursue a sensitivity to the moment in which my ideas become clear or attain an unexpected meaning with possible interpretations. The work is fluid and the picture as a whole is representative of a method.”Pakbaz holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Colorado State University and a Master of Fine Arts degree from California State University, Chico.