Mehnoush Modonpour

“Born in Tehran, Iran, as a woman, I have experienced revolution, war, immigration and different cultures in varying phases of my life.

Throughout these experiences my work has often gone outside the “traditional” boundaries of my culture. My work would seem to defy certain concepts that I have been taught to ‘obey’.

With my personal life experiences and understandings of different cultures and religions, I believe in human connection and equality despite differences in ethnicity, gender, religion and culture.

Therefore my work explores the relationship between human, its surrounding, and everything in between.”


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Vita
Mehnoush Modonpour is an Iranian/Canadian artist with a passion for painting and sculpture.

She found her passion at the age of 10 while drawing in the classroom. In 1984, she moved to Paris to begin her post-secondary education in art and design. In 1987, she graduated in fashion design from “Ecole de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne”. She continued her art education in drawing and painting with the famous and contemporary artist, Parvaneh Etemadi in Tehran, Iran, and later she continued the visual art at the Central Technical School in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Her artwork is influenced by her spirituality and human connectivity. She has gained insight into the meaning of human existence in a mysterious universe through her personal experiences. She uses inner-spiritual experiences as inspiration for her artwork. Some of her earlier artwork was influenced by nature (and its multiple manifestations) and also by ancient and symbolic designs and impressions.

She moved to Paris, France in 2015 to continue with great passion and an enthusiasm her experience and growth in Visual Arts.
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Exhibitions
2019 | Frame Art Fair Basel 2019 | Basel, Switzerland
2018 | ateliers beaux-arts de la ville de Paris Portes ouvertes | Paris, France
2017 | ateliers beaux-arts de la ville de Paris Portes ouvertes | Paris, France
2016 | ateliers beaux-arts de la ville de Paris Portes ouvertes | Paris, France
2014 | Arta Gallery | Toronto, Ontario
2014 | C.T.S. | Annual Group Show | Toronto, Ontario
2013 | C.T.S. | Annual Group Show | Toronto, Ontario
2013 | Arta Gallery | Toronto, Ontario
2012 | N.Y.V.A. Toronto Botanical Garden | Toronto, Ontario
2011 | Arta Gallery | Toronto, Ontario
2008 | Whippersnapper Gallery | Toronto, Ontario
1999 | Burlington Annual Juried Show | Burlington, Ontario
1998 | Kloepfer Gallery | Guelph, Ontario
1997 | Kloepfer Gallery | Guelph, Ontario
1997 | G.C.A.A. Expressions Show | Guelph, Ontario
1997 | Artisan Gallery Eaton Centre | Guelph, Ontario
1996 | Daryabeigi Art Gallery | Tehran, Iran
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Publications
FRAME EDITION #4 - FRAME BASEL 2019
Ignorance #1
“Ignorance is the root of all suffering which is the lack of knowledge and understanding.” In this sculpture I show ignorance as heads that are in the box, they are ignorant therefore they can’t find their way to happiness. They are in a dark area which is the box where they cannot see the light. They are all connected. They are all part of one body which is the universe.
Mehnoush Modonpour, Clay, Others
Ignorance #2
In this sculpture the boxes are almost open and heads are about to come out. They are not in the dark anymore, but still can’t see (heads don’t have eyes) and can’t hear (they don’t have ears). But there is still hope. Also, they are connected because all humans are connected like cells in a body. We are all part of the universe and therefore we are all connected. If one cell in a body is suffering it will affect all other cells. So if one human is suffering, it affects all other human-beings.
Mehnoush Modonpour, Clay
Ignorance #3
This is a combination of both showing ignorance as heads that are in the box, and some boxes are almost open and heads are about to come out from the dark. They are all connected.
Mehnoush Modonpour, Clay
Ignorance #4
In this sculpture heads are out from the dark (boxes that are shown in previous sculptures) but they don’t have ears and their eyes are not open therefore they can’t hear nor see.
Mehnoush Modonpour, Clay
Wonder
In this sculpture heads are out and wonder. They have ears and their eyes are wide open in the overwhelming feeling of reverence and admiration. They are experiencing and understanding the unknown. They are in the state of admiring something beautiful, remarkable or unfamiliar.
Mehnoush Modonpour, Clay
The Dance
This is man’s spiritual ascent to perfection through the mind and love. One’s mystical journey. Deserting the ego, and dancing toward the truth and pure love. Reaching maturity and perfection to serve the whole creation. The dance of true happiness of overcoming lust and finding freedom within.
Mehnoush Modonpour, Clay
Mother
A manifestation of the bond between humans, and that we are what we have received from our mothers through generations. The attachment of mankind shown as the umbilical cord, symbolizes our attachment to our background and past generations; wanted or unwanted. Worshiping the symbol of Mother that is the source of all.
Mehnoush Modonpour, Clay
United People
Human beings are members of a whole, In creation of one essence and soul. If one member is afflicted with pain, Other members uneasy will remain. If you’ve no sympathy for human pain, The name of human you cannot retain! a poem by “Saadi”
Mehnoush Modonpour, Clay
Belief
[Belief is; “an acceptance that something exists or is true, especially one without proof”.] We are all born in a family/society/country that mostly a strong belief is inherited generations after generations. One’s life is based on the set of rules through those beliefs, that is governing one’s behaviours. *Are one’s questioning his/her awareness of what is shaped one’s mind as “belief”? *Are one’s questioning the root of all beliefs? *How can he/she measure one’s belief is profound? *Do one’s have the power to change it if authorized? *Is one’s belief brings true knowledge so he/she can find happiness?
Mehnoush Modonpour, Clay
Connected
A link between human and their past, surrounding, tradition, condition and situation is described in this sculpture. The Umbilical Cord is what is binding the figures to each other. Their bodies are formed by the many faces together. Those faces are representing history, tradition, culture. One figure is in the support status that is firmly attached to the history and tradition. The other figure is in the state of flight and going forward, but, he’s attached with the Umbilical Cord and those many faces.
Mehnoush Modonpour, Clay
Unity
The connection between human, and the link between human and nature. We are all part of the universe and therefore we are all connected. I portrayed human in the state of togetherness and oneness. One’s actions will affect all other.
Mehnoush Modonpour, Clay
Survival
There are periods or moments of pressure in everybody’s lifetime to the extreme that one would wish it no longer existed. These are the moments in life where one would feel desperate, uncertain or unbalanced because of the unusual sets of events. In this sculpture, I portrayed an individual that is under that pressure (feet on top of a head) but he/she is trying to survive (head is half buried). In these periods one needs to make more effort, have extra support or have faith (the hand supporting the head) to overcome the situation because of one’s survival instinct. This shows the battles one faces in day-to-day life.
Mehnoush Modonpour, Clay

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