Fatima Garzan

Artist Statement

My work emphasizes the desire to reconnect with my cultural background. I discovered that my western art training and my Iranian cultural background helped me to embrace the differences of time, place, and culture. As an artist, this timeless and intangible sense of belonging to anywhere and anytime which is universal has profoundly affected my response to colour, form, and texture, and my attempt to express the joy of being in a continual present and refer to living “now”.

I often painstakingly apply multiple layers of lines and marks in my work. This repetitious act of mark making along with the use of colour and geometrical elements invents spaces with altering perspectives, and plays upon the relationship of flat and illusory spaces. My fluency in the language of painting and printmaking has given me the opportunity to use these media separately as well as in conjunction with each other. My recent art practice involves various media from installation/construct (floor pieces and wall pieces), to painting and printmaking.


I have a BA in Economics and studied Fine Arts at the University of Waterloo where I received my honours Bachelor of Arts degree in painting and printmaking in 2005. I have maintained an active studio practice as a painter/printmaker since I graduated in 2005. In 2006-2007, I was appointed as a printmaking assistant in the Department of Fine Arts at the University of Waterloo. I currently paint from my Studio in Globe Studios, an artist run centre in Kitchener, Ontario, and use the facilities of the Open Studio in Toronto, and Print Studio in Hamilton for my prints. I am a founding member of BOX, a new and unique visual arts initiative which launched in 2009 in Waterloo Region. This initiative’s mission is to provide and help regional artists with an annual opportunity to showcase their talents and establish mutually beneficial partnerships within community at large. I continue to stay well-informed in the latest developments in the art world through reading professional journals, attending artists’ talks, and most importantly, visiting exhibitions, galleries and museums both in Canada and abroad.

My artwork is in the collection of the Canada Council Art Bank, City of Kitchener, the University of Waterloo Prints Archive, and private collections.

To contact Fatima:
email: fatima@fatimagarzan.com


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