Tina Homayoun
Acrylic on Canvas

Tina’s Paintings

Tina Homayoun is a contemporary artist with focus on abstract womens portraits.

Sergio Miguel

Sergio Miguel (Mexicali, 1992) is a Mexican-born artist based in New York. Informed by colonial and modern Mexican art as well as the New Objectivity, his work explores ideas of personhood, symbolism, and sexuality.

After completing studies in Art History and Criticism in San Diego and Paris, he lived in Santiago, Chile where he began painting.  

He is currently an MFA candidate at Columbia University.

Taravat Talepasand
      Taravat’s Paint, Sculptures 

Taravat Talepasand (Eugene, 1979) is an Iranian American contemporary artist and educator. She is known for her paintings, drawings, and sculptures addressing cultural taboos, displaying a juxtaposition of cultural stereotypes and expressing female empowerment. 

Her work has been featured in Art in America, The Huffington Post, New American Paintings, Art Papers, The Boston Globe, SOMA Magazine and has held exhibitions throughout the United States, Europe, and the Middle East. Her works have been added to the permanent museum collections at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (FAMSF) at the De Young Museum and the Orange County Museum of Art.

Talepasand received her B.F.A. degree from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in 2001 and M.F.A. degree at the San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI) in 2006.

Sophia Xu

Sophia’s Ceramics

Bhavana interviews Sophia Xu to talk about her process with ceramics as a recently graduated industrial designer at RISD.

Thank you for taking the time to chat with me. Your ceramics, mainly the Lego and small cup design, remind me of Jonathan Alder’s early work. I had a bratty period in high school and would ask for pieces of his Vice collection as birthday presents...

Can you talk about your intentions behind creating the ceramics?
I enjoy creating objects that people can interact with because it reveals a whole new dimension to the piece. Keeping that in mind, I looked to create sculptural pieces that would be fun to hold and play with.

How does your skill in other mediums influence how you try new material?
When approaching a new material, it’s important to have an experimentation phase. This is where you learn from the material and see what you can achieve instead of trying to force it to do what you want it to do. Letting the material guide you allows for learning and individuality within each piece.

How do you come up with the shapes and coloring for your pieces? The colors of the pieces here come from my experimentation phase with different glazes and their various combinations. It’s really tricky trying to get a very specific color, because there are so many factors that come into play like how thick the coat is, how well the glaze is mixed, the temperature stability of the kiln, what other pieces are also in the kiln, etc.

Last question, how'd you like going to univeristy in New England for 4 years?
It’s definitely different. I was born and raised in sunny California, so winter was a whole new world to me. I do enjoy how easy it is to travel from state to state though! To me, California feels like home and New England feels like the place I get shit done!

Going back to Jonathan Alder. Continue making ceramics, would love to see more of your work. Thank you for chatting and being our first featured artist on Bhavana.
Thank you for having me!