Biography

Leili Towfigh is a Persian/English/American artist raised in West Medford, MA. She is a potter, painter, photographer, jewelry designer, writer, filmmaker, educational technologist, and user experience researcher.

Artist Statement

I'm a lover of art, science and soul, and have been lucky to find various media to express those loves: clay, paint, pixel, beads, film, and words. I’m enchanted by the rich artistic traditions of my parents' home countries—England and Iran—and create work inspired by them, as well as by math, music, architecture, biomimicry, nature, design and particular people.

I love the idea of leaving behind a physical object as the material marker of an intangible moment or emotion. For example, however a ceramic piece turns out in the final firing (some turn out broken, fused to the kiln shelf or another piece, with faulty glaze, and other unpleasant surprises), it is a marker in time; it memorializes a period and emotion in life, and serves as an teacher for future learning.

When I'm not in the studio, I'm a user experience research and design consultant for innovative startups. As a "citizen of the world," I try to help build community in Medford, the Bahá'í community, and beyond.

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