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Meet Beizar Aradini

Today we’d like to introduce you to Beizar Aradini.

Beizar, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
Art has always been a part of my life. I remember being in elementary school and enrolling in art club and art competitions. It wasn’t until college I started experimenting with fibers and textiles. In 2017, I got my Bachelor in Fine Arts degree at Middle Tennessee State University. Since then, I have continued my practice and explored many embroidery and sewing techniques. I primarily use thread to tell my family’s immigration story and my experience of living in Kurdish diaspora. Beside working on my own practice, I try to work on community projects when the opportunities are available.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
There have been some challenges in creating art and dealing with certain anxieties of being an artist. In the age of social media, there’s so much pressure for artists and creatives to feel like they have to always create. I’ve learned to let go of that struggle and to have a healthier studio practice. Most of my work is very personal and sometimes it’s hard to process through the thoughts and feelings to complete a piece. Covid has especially made it harder for freelance creatives and fine artists to show work in person, in galleries, and museums. Although, we learn to adapt and it’s a good reminder to not give up.

We’d love to hear more about your art.
In my studio, I specialize in hand embroidery and machine embroidery. I work on commissions, community projects, and personal practice. Recently, I was selected to create an art piece inspired by a first-time voter in Nashville. This project is part of the “We Count: First-Time Voters” exhibition at Frist Art Museum and on display until January 3, 2021. Also, I have some pieces on view at Julia Martin Gallery, in Nashville, as part of the “Paradigm Shift” exhibition. I think my hand embroidery and process always tricks the viewers once they realize my pieces are made of thread; I essentially “paint with thread.”

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
My favorite childhood memories are playing with the neighborhood kids in the cul de sac and working in the garden with my family.

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Blossom Gleim Charette

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