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Dorna Abyak

Dorna Abyak was born in Amol, Iran, in 1986. She creates ceramic sculptures and installations that represent the human body's imagination. In 2018, she was elected as one of the senior representatives of the Pandora Ceramics Association and has been active in festivals and biennials ever since. One of the association's goals is to empower women ceramicists, and Dorna teaches as well. Last summer, she completed the art residency at the Pandora Society. Her works have been exhibited in Italy, South Korea, and the Museum of Contemporary Art of Cuba. Some of her recent exhibitions include Subterra at the Ancient Museum of Naples and "Zadsarv" at Fuze Gallery in Kashan. In 2023, Dorna Abyak was selected for the 62nd Fenza Biennale and received a grant to stay in Fenza for ten days, where she met with other artists and attended workshops.

The notion that pain is an illusion and everything moves is a fundamental aspect of  Dorna's practice. Her sculptures focus on cracks, broken lines, and differences, as well as the bones themselves. The sculptures represent human bones and are installed side by side, with clean and precise cuts or crude cuts, resulting in a constant theme of pain and oppression of the female body and nature. Her research delves into the deterioration of human nature, exploring what was, what might have been, and what is. In her work, construction and deconstruction are essential, starting with unique pieces of spinal bone, each made by hand without using a mold. Similarly, an important aspect of my practice is the idea that pain is merely an illusion, and everything is in constant motion. my sculptures are as much about the cracks, broken lines, and differences as they are about the bones themselves. With a focus on the deterioration of human nature and a deep exploration of what might have been and what is, her work is a reflection of the act of construction and deconstruction. The sculptures are installed side by side, sometimes with clean and precise cuts, and other times with crude cuts, resulting in a constant theme of pain and oppression of the female body and nature. The research conducted is in the field of humanities

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