Sahar Khalkhalian: The Dance of Life

November 2 - November 23, 2021

Sahar Khalkhalian is an Iranian-born artist currently residing in Canada whose work explores powerful and traumatic themes including separation, isolation, as well as loss of humanity and identity. As a child, Khalkhalian experienced the 8 year Iran-Iraq War where she saw firsthand just how easily an individual’s humanity and identity could be shattered or ripped away to become only a fleeting memory for those who manage to survive. Following this, she and her sister immigrated to Germany at the age of 13, where she again had to experience the loss of identity and feelings of isolation that are common to immigrants in an alien culture. As a result Khalkhalian’s paintings center directly on expressing these feelings to the viewer which are so hard to express with words alone.

Khalkhalian does not treat her work as a job. Rather, she endeavors to work only when she feels truly inspired; be it jubilantly happy or utterly devastated. By only working at these times, she is able to keep her work raw and genuine, capturing the emotions she is trying to convey as she is feeling them instead of searching for them when she wants them.

This Is Part of Life This Is Part of Life
This Is Part of Life
The Truth of The Waiting Room The Truth of The Waiting Room
The Truth of The Waiting Room
The Party of my Dreams The Party of my Dreams
The Party of my Dreams
Out of Time Out of Time
Out of Time
Once Upon A Time Once Upon A Time
Once Upon A Time
Memories of My Heart (Yellow) Memories of My Heart (Yellow)
Memories of My Heart (Yellow)
Memories of My Heart (Red) Memories of My Heart (Red)
Memories of My Heart (Red)
Memories of My Heart (Blue) Memories of My Heart (Blue)
Memories of My Heart (Blue)
Jubilant Jubilant
Jubilant
Innocence Innocence
Innocence
Dreams Dreams
Dreams
Deport Deport
Deport
Waiting Room Waiting Room
Waiting Room
Away From Home Away From Home
Away From Home
The Gamble of Destiny The Gamble of Destiny
The Gamble of Destiny
Andy Warhol
The Infinity of Thoughts
50" x 50" - Acrylic on Canvas
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