When I was the senior student of my undergrad, I heard about the first International Sculpture Symposium in co-ordination with the Municipality and the Contemporary Art Museum in Iran. I did not have any idea of participating in that workshop at the beginning, but after a while, I realized how interested I was to join that competition. I did not have the experience of making sculptures over four meters high, but I said to myself, let’s say ‘No’ to all doubts and try your ability. It was very challenging for a young student who is testing her creativity among over 500 competitors. My professors raised their concerns and thought it was too early for me for such a blind jump, but I did not give up, and finally I dived regardless of who disagreed. I felt I was more interested in that workshop. Subconsciously I was feeling I was the winner. I started saying: “YES I CAN!”
The Art Judges were five well-known artists selected from around the world. I made my decision and created a model sculpture. I had a very tough time for making that. I was passing the most breathtaking moments by hearing my heartbeat. The miracle happened, and one of the judges suggested a brilliant idea for choosing the best artists. He suggested that the artworks should be picked up regardless of the names and backgrounds of the artists. He said: let’s take the ideas. That was a destiny making a decision that opened a new page in my art life. My model was surprisingly selected among 500 participants and as the second best work among the top seven that were in the final.
During 20 days of the workshop, I learned something which is precious to me. This changed my opinion and opened a new page in my life journey.
I learned “Who dares win.”
I learned “YES I CAN”
(To be continued on http://www.pappisaaa.com/post/157899785847/parastoo-ahovan-to-be-continued-on, within the frame of “Pour la petite histoire” project by Michela Alessandrini, in collaboration with PAPPIS – Art Anecdotes Archive)