Layli Rakhsha works with photography, painting and printmaking centred on the landscape. The photographs in Behind The Waters are related to her experience of using digital camera and the idea of reflection. The photographs were taken during her residency at the Vancouver Art Centre in Albany, South of Western Australia in 2009. The work explores the space that exists between what is seen and what is imagined.
My artwork represents a space that speaks of my experiences and understanding of cultural changes. I search this space in the landscape where I can share my silence with the poetic silence of the landscape, and where I can express my feelings of facing something new or losing something through time and cultural displacement. I ‘imagine’ the vast landscape as a bounded landscape and by doing this; the vast landscape becomes intimate, little, private and part of my personal space.
Layli Rakhsha Boundless moment #1
Layli Rakhsha Boundless moment #2
Layli Rakhsha was born in Tehran-Iran in 1976. She migrated to Western Australia to complete her study in Art while she had her Diploma of Fine Art from Azad Islamic University in 1999. Rakhsha was awarded a “Painting Studio Award” when she completed her Bachelor of Visual Art, at Edith Cowan University in 2004. In 2006, she completed a Masters of Visual Art in the School of Communications and Contemporary Arts at Edith Cowan University. Rakhsha has been in several group exhibitions such as UnAustralia Exhibition of Creative On-line Works and Yellow Vest Syndrome (Fremantle Arts Center, 2009). She has also had seven solo exhibitions in Australia and Iran. In 2008 Rakhsha provided translation of the poetry of John Mateer and designed the cover of the booklet, The Language. Her 2010 solo exhibition The Landscape of memory and Melancholy at the Bunbury regional Art Galleries explored landscape and culture. Layli Rakhsha is currently PhD candidate at Curtin University of Technology. She lives and works in Perth.
Layli Rakhsha flooding silence #1
Layli Rakhsha flooding silence #2