University of Minnesota
Graduate Art Student
Katayoun is an Iranian-born ceramicist and sculptor. She belongs to the generation of Iranian women who experienced a childhood of wartime and an adolescence of social and political turmoil under the post-revolutionary regime. Shortly after immigrating to the United States, she came to realize that what she had left behind was more than material belongings, friends, or family members. Rather, she found herself stripped away from the familiar cultural context that had once constructed her sense of Self. In her artworks, she often considers the social aspirations that continually construct binaries which shape our perceptions of Self and Other, such as religion, gender, politics and nationalist ideologies. While cherishing the idiosyncrasies of her cultural heritage, she tries to make sense of the emotional turmoil involved in reconstructing a new identity as an Iranian-American.
Katayoun will receive her Masters of Art in Sculpture and Ceramics in 2019 from the University of Minneota. She received her Bachelor of Art in Architecture from Islamic Azad University of Tehran in Tehran, Iran in 2003 and her Bachelor of Fine Art from the University of Minnesota in 2013.
October 2 - 20
M-F: 8 am – 5 pm, Ahrnsbrak Gallery