Biography

Leili Towfigh is an Iranian/English/American artist raised in West Medford. She is a ceramic artist, painter, photographer, jewelry designer, writer, filmmaker and educational technologist, who also works in user experience design and research. She is passionate about building community and unity between all people.

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 those places as well as by social movements, math, music, architecture, biomimicry, nature, design and particular people.

I love the idea of making physical objects as signs 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 a 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 Bahá'í and a "citizen of the world," I try to help build community in Medford (including through the excellent Medford Conversations initiative), and am passionate about contributing to racial justice efforts.

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