Victoria Ahmadizadeh (b. 1988, Allentown, PA, USA) is a multi-disciplinary artist who combines poetry and prose with images and objects to create layered experiences. She views glass as an inherently lyrical material, and utilizes it as a central element in her work to translate poetic metaphor. Ahmadizadeh holds an MFA in Craft/Material Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University and a BFA in Glass from Tyler School of Art and Architecture. She was recently an Emerging Artist in Residence at Pilchuck Glass School and a Fellow at the Creative Glass Center of America of WheatonArts, NJ. She has also been artist in residence at MASS MoCA as well as the STARworks Glass Lab in NC. Her work has been shown at Glasmuseet Ebeltoft in Denmark, The National Glass Centre in England, DOX Centre for Contemporary Art in the Czech Republic and UrbanGlass in Brooklyn, NY, among other venues. She is included in New Glass Review #33 and #38, published by The Corning Museum of Glass. Ahmadizadeh currently lives in Philadelphia, where she teaches at Tyler School of Art and Architecture.
I document my life in writing and am continually editing poetry together from cell phone notes, sketchbook pages and diary entries. These poems, in which the speaker longs to transcend heartbreak, Philadelphian ruthlessness, and the limitations of corporeality itself, are then made tactile as images and objects. In both the studio and gallery space, I play with written and physical material, transfiguring lived experience into a redeemed bedroom-pop dreamscape.