Sepideh Ilsley

Sepideh Ilsley is an artist aspired by simplicity and imperfection. Originally from Persia, IIsley grew up in Sweden after spending multiple years travelling and living around the globe, and is now based in Perth, Australia with her family.

Creativity has always been a part of her life. After many years working as an Art Director and Graphic Designer she has ventured into the world of fine art, working with both digitally drawn and painted pieces. She loves working with Imperfections and always goes where the painting and brush take her. Making bold mistakes, changing, re-layering, re-making, re-working. Often it is that misstep that makes the entire piece come together, as if the painting has its own will. “For me personally, the use of digital technology to make an artistic expression comes naturally, as it is an aesthetic extension of my background in Art Direction and Graphic design. To use technology as an artistic tool to mediate or express a feeling, to tell a story, to me that bears the same value as using traditional media.”

When asked for an example of how art has affected her life, she is reminded of an exhibition she attended called “LIFE IS THE HEART OF A RAINBOW”; a career-spanning body of work by leading contemporary Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama. “The title of this exhibition resonated with me and I felt that it represents both life and art as the same being; intertwined, imperfect, real. That title is so deep in its simplicity and that is somewhere I would love to take my art.”

“My work is a pure expression of my being, my thoughts, ideas, feelings, memories, experiences, past and future. Where the process is as important to me as the finished piece, as well as the naming process. All there to tell a story, driven by my passion for simplicity and imperfection. I work mainly with abstractions, digitally drawn or painted by hand on the floor, painting from all sides and angles, where I am literally in the painting. I go with where the painting and brush takes me, It is such a meditative state and once I immerse myself in my work I loose myself to it and let go. My digital and painted works are linked together as the pieces often start as digital sketches and then get painted on linen, it is like working backwards, going from something simple and precise to something organic and imperfect.” – Sepideh IIsley

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