Oldouz Nabizadeh

Oldouz Nabizadeh is an Iranian ceramist whose works explore forms of objects. By juxtaposing different pieces of demolished or second-handed casts, she puts negative shapes of ceramic casting together. Therefore, she creates objects that represent nor ceramic castings neither sculptural aesthetics. Thus, she questions the idea of sculpture as a beautiful or visible object.

“The ceramic studio is like a playroom or a toy factory to me, and I use the tools and limitations of working with mud for creating a new game to play and control intelligently. Abstraction, ambiguity, and being explorable are the main aim of my work. Playing in this sense does not mean entertainment, rather it means discovery and struggling, and the unfamiliarity of the atmosphere and material is very appealing to me.”

Oldouz Nabizadeh’s profile was created with the participation of Bavan Gallery, Tehran.

Featured work

Spontaneous Generation, 2018-2021

Oldouz Nabizadeh Ceramics

In Oldouz Nabizadeh’s work, playfulness and happenstance play important roles. The artist creates artworks with destroyed and useless molds. She uses the concept of reconstructing and creating an artwork to turn the practical items with everyday use- through her process of creating artworks- into unpractical and incomprehensible items.

These artworks are reliant on the accidents that the artist causes, they do not conjure up any meaning or memory in the viewer’s mind, and this is what makes them ambiguous and leaves the viewer feeling confused with an unfamiliar feeling. Still, when the viewer takes a closer look and contemplates these forms, they can recognize many familiar and everyday forms inside them. The Playing, recycling, and accumulation that happens in the process of producing these pieces push the work process towards an industrial practice or factory-made operation.

Nabizadeh breaks the common rules and fabricated laws and consciously moves towards mutilating aesthetics. Inconsistent and asymmetrical forms that challenge the structures of a traditional format. With her own unique experimenting and improvising, she aims to deconstruct and rebuild form, material, texture, and color. These pieces simultaneously cut any relation to past meanings and form new ones. All forms are fused into one and their imperfections and deficiencies create a sort of unknown and undefinable meaning.

In the “Spontaneous Generation” collection, the artist has used the ceramic medium to sculpt unrecognizable forms with rough textures, matte colors, and some black stains. These pieces are fabricated with two different ceramic techniques and each piece has gone through three phases to reach its final form. First, the pieces are sculpted out of clay and fired in a kiln; secondly, the pieces are glazed and fired for a second time, and finally, they are wrapped in newspapers and fired again, and the carbon from the burning papers creates black stains on the pieces.

The base of creating these pieces is discarded and obsolete plaster molds. The artist takes them from workshops that produce various practical and household ceramic objects like dishes and decorative statues and fuses them together to construct her pieces. By doing this she dismantles the structure, rules, and regular usage of these items, and by changing the usage of these obsolete tools that were once used in producing practical objects, she creates objects with unknown shapes and forms.