Elnaz Nourizadeh

Elnaz Nourizadeh

Iranian-Australian 1985


Born in Tehran, Elnaz started ceramic and sculpting as an early teen under the supervision of Maryam Salour when she became interested in abstraction and the colour field movement. Meanwhile, Studying for a Bachelor of Industrial Design brought a touch of geometric forms into her work.
In 2013, Elnaz moved to Melbourne and continued her life as a full-time ceramist, where her functional ceramics became well known for their hand-painted designs and vivid colours. This immigration unveiled the idea of relationships at fundamental levels and social life in her abstract, figurative sculptures.
Elnaz began to explore the relationship between mind and body and the effect of a meditative state with installation art in 2018 while completing her Master of Fine Arts at RMIT.

About my work

My work is divided into three sections: functional ceramics, sculptures, and installation art; they all feed each other.
In my sculptures, I use abstract and figurative forms to fuse a personal or social experience or emotion that the verbal language doesn't have a word to describe. The incidents formed by our connections at fundamental exciting levels to personal and social life relationships.
Through making everyday ceramic objects, I hope to unfold a new relationship in people's lives, a deeper connection between humans and objects. An item that can carry experiences and help to create a moment of personal connection.
I use simple materials around me in my installations, like clay, paper, wire, and paint. During the making process, I place myself in a meditative state to look at fundamental questions abstractly. These ideas include how the mind and body connect? How do shapes, thoughts, ideas, and emotions form in our minds? And how much do these phenomena feed from our social life?