Artist Desire Moheb-Zandi was born in Berlin in 1990 from a Turkish mother and an Iranian father. At the age of 6 she moved to Adana, Turkey where she lived most of her childhood. In 2010 she moved in New York to pursue her studies at Parsons School of Design. She graduated in 2013, and currently resides and works in Brooklyn.
Since a young age Desire has always been fascinated by textures and craftsmanship. Her curiosity with textiles started as a kid when she would see her grandmother weaving for hours at their home in Turkey. By weaving with unorthodox materials and techniques, Desire breaks the traditional role of women in society. Using textile art as a symbolic image allows her to examine the role of women in history and dive into matters such as gender and domesticity. To draw and express this antagonism in her work, Desire enjoys mixing noble fabrics such as wool with industrial materials like rubber and plastic. It is a way for her to break from traditional textile art techniques and provoke a wide range of emotions to the viewer.
This piece aligns with my need to challenge the traditional weaving methods. Playing with different material families is a way to transgress the classical weaving domestic culture and express a message of modernity. Giving a contemporary twist to an old fashion practice is my way to showcase my middle eastern roots with my western education. The rubber, plastic and PVC collide with the wool and cotton. The variation of shapes help me explore different depth and texture. It is a true representation of my work and my antagonistic identity.