The work of Maryam Najd, who moved to Belgium from Iran more than two decades ago, displays her interests in figurative and abstract painting, and her extensive knowledge and appreciation of materials. At one end of her studio, on a long table, many beautifully cared for and variously shaped brushes lay ready for her work; at the other end, by a large easel – an opaque white glass table palate – pots of pigment, bottles of solvents and mediums are arranged in careful order. Resolutely determined not to be fixed or interpreted by the other’s perception of her place of origin, Najd’s images may be said to work towards the possibility of unfixing, perhaps even dissolving, boundaries between entities, whether geographical, conceptual, philosophical or cultural.
Najd talked to us about her recent works, and the concepts behind her practice.
Interview by MK PALOMAR
Filmed by MARTIN KENNEDY