” I AM ME “
Mental health problems can happen to any person regardless of age or circumstance.
The word Mental Health causes feelings of concern, fear and confusion for many, which contributes to how people communicate and interact with those who are affected by it.
Stigma and discrimination are still hurtful attitudes around mental illnesses as 1 in 5 children struggle with mental health daily. Unpredictable moods, anxiety, food disorders, autism, ADD, OCD and depression are just some of the labels associated with mental health.
“I AM ME” is a collection of Mahshid Farhoudi’s current paintings and drawings addressing children’s mental health. In these works she portrays each youth through their unique quality. Each individual portrait is accompanied by symbols appropriated to their strength, culture and character.
Mahshid creates understanding, compassion and belonging in her art works, providing an opportunity to continue her search for that beautiful and graceful gesture that can be found in every child and in humanity.
The artist recognizes and celebrates every person’s exceptional inspiration and quality for the creation of these works.
Mahshid Farhoudi is an Ottawa base fine artist. She Attended York University and Ontario College of Art and Design. Upon completion of the Drawing and Painting program, she then studied traditional methods of drawing and painting in Florence Italy.
In her works she addresses issues of identity and belonging. Her work has been published along side the poetry of Canadian writer and Trent university professor Dr. Kelly Young, Huffington post and other local newspapers in Ottawa, Toronto and Florence, Italy.
Mahshid is a recipient of the Canada Council for the arts, and is one of the founding members of Propeller Gallery and an affiliated artist with AWOL Gallery in Toronto. Her works have been featured on Canoe live Television, and CBC news. Her art has been purchased by the City of Ottawa and can be found in private collections in Canada, Europe, Australia, Middle East and the United States.
Mahshid teaches two Diploma program courses in addition to portrait and figure Painting and Drawing courses at the Ottawa School of Art, while producing work at her home studio.
Inquiries regarding the works in this exhibition or personalized portrait commissions may be made directly to the artist. Please visit her web site mahshidfarhoudi.com and ottawafineartworks.com or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.