To live life with the awareness of its dichotomies is a position that I have acquired through living in exile. In this form of human evolution, I have gained a new location while losing all sense of placement. I have learned new mores only to realize that I no longer belong to any one culture. While exile breeds nostalgia, the overwhelming need for practicality strips away sentimentality. The Chunk Series is a simple allegory that contains complex dichotomies. These pieces are satirical as they mimic scientific representation of crosscuts of skin while they display wounds inflicted by our common social and cultural ailments.

Born in 1962, Haleh Niazmand left Iran for Turkey in 1985 and migrated to the US in 1988. She graduated with a Bachelor of Fine arts from the university of South Dakota, Vermillion and a Masters of Fine arts, from the University of Arizona, Tucson in 1996. She creates large installations as well as sculpture and paintings. Her work has been exhibited in many group and solo shows throughout the US. Haleh is currently the Artist in Residence at the Des Moines Art Center in Des Moines, Iowa.

The Chunk Series, 2000
Four panel mixed-media painting