Week 12 Artist – Mahsa Soroudi

Mahsa Soroudi was born and raised in Tehran, Iran since 1981. Tehran is the capital of Iran and Tehran Province. She went to Malaysia for about one year, and later immigrated to the United States, in the east coast for about half a year, and now resides in Newport Beach for about three and a half years. She attended Islamic Azad University, and is currently a freelance photographer and graphic designer for about four and a half years now.

Ms. Soroudi is currently working on two projects, “Nature’s Cadence,” and “7,500 Miles.” Nature’s Cadence is a project in which she is growing succulents to draw the connection between the little amount of water it needs to grow, almost “drought-tolerant” and the “drought” of her own life since her immigration to the United States. 7,500 Miles represents the distance between Ms. Soroudi’s current home in Newport Beach, California, and her original home in Tehran, Iran.

In the first photo, it shows a closeup of Mahsa Soroudi’s succulent plant that she grew herself. The second photo is a self portrait of Mahsa Soroudi. In the third photo, guests are at Ms. Soroudi’s reception for her presentation of her project, “Nature’s Cadence.” In the fourth photo, a variety of arrangements of succulents are displayed across the table. I wish the succulents were in color so that I can see how pretty they turned out! In the fifth photo, Ms. Soroudi is presenting her plants to a guest at the reception. In this photo, I see Ms. Soroudi’s heart and efforts in the succulents that she grew, and the efforts that she has put in her life. She immigrated all the way from Tehran and has now become a freelance photographer and a graphic designer.  I admire her bravery in traveling such a far distance to the United States to pursue her dreams. On another note, I find it interesting that all these photos taken at the reception and of the succulents are in black and white instead of in color.

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