Mahshid Farhoudi is an Ottawa base fine artist. She Attended York University and Ontario College of Art and Design. Upon completion of the Drawing and Painting program, she then studied traditional methods of drawing and painting in Florence Italy. In her works she addresses issues of identity and belonging. Her work has been published along side the poetry of Canadian writer and Trent university professor Dr. Kelly Young, Huffington post and other local newspapers in Ottawa, Toronto and Florence, Italy. Mahshid is a recipient of the Canada Council for the arts and is one of the founding members of Propeller Gallery and an affiliated artist with AWOL Gallery in Toronto. Her works have been featured on Canoe live Television, CBC news. Her art has been purchased by the City of Ottawa and can be found in private collections in Canada, Europe, Australia, Middle East and the United States. Mahshid teaches two Diploma program courses in addition to portrait and figure Painting and Drawing courses at the Ottawa School of Art, while producing work at her home studio.
Artist Statement: Examining concepts of identity and belonging have been the moving force behind Mahshid’s artworks. She has explored the identity of Muslim women in exile, a mother’s sense of belonging through painting her children, and exploring identity through portraits of children with mental health. Her search for belonging reaffirms the existence of dualities in human qualities. The dark and light, the stillness and movement that is rooted in us all. The Portraits presented here are her attempt in expressing the presence of a duality within our personal identities, distinguished by light and shadow, beauty and terror