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Pegah Samaie

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Pegah Samaie is an American-Iranian artist who was born and grew up in Tehran, Iran. Pegah’s art moves through the shadow of her past life. She uses art as a tool to face the experiences she and other women have encountered in a culture dominated by patriarchal governments and households. Her early experiences in Iran changed her perception of the role of women in society; they motivated her and influenced her way of talking about women. Art is her voice to talk about her feelings and experiences. Her still life works are surrealist stories with a collection of objects, each object is selected for its symbolic value. Papers, a typewriter, water, cups, flowers, and light are the symbolic objects that represent a voiceless woman in her paintings. The cups symbolize women as beautiful, strong vessels, and the flowers represent the new beginning in all her paintings, reach from the darkness of the vessel toward the light of the sky. Pegah studied drawing and painting under the guidance of master Iranian artists. She received her BFA with honors from the prestigious Laguna College of Art and Design in Laguna Beach, CA, where she is now also completing her Master of Fine Art degree.

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