Ashkan has a very diverse body of work, and I very much recommend that you visit his website to take a look at it all. I had a hard time deciding which series to feature, so I just chose two that resonated with me personally. The first series, Individualism, is one I enjoyed for its use of landscape imagery and portraits simultaneously. In the second series, the void, all images are black and white and he works creatively with the negative space, filling up cutouts with pattern and texture to complete the image.
Describe your work in 10 words or less.
A reflection of the human body.
What do you like to work with (magazines, photographs, vintage)? Be specific!
All original printed materials. Old and new. But specially medical and scientific books.
How long have you been creating collages and what made you start?
Almost 7 years now after I saw some collages from the propaganda artist John Heartfield. I got so fascinated by his technique. The way he used existing material to tell his story was unique.
Are you solely an artist, or do you work in another profession?
Just an artist.
Do you have any formal art training?
Yes, a BFA in illustration.
Explain your favourite techniques.
Handmade collages! There are 2 kind of collages. You have the handmade and you have the digital ones. There are a few artist/designers that can really produce something beautiful and interesting with the digital medium. But it can get quite boring. There is just no any restraint. You can scale, rotate, flip etc. As with the handmade collages it's more challenging. Here you have more restraints that can make the final piece more interesting and rewarding.
Describe your favourite piece ever created.
It's actually a project that I'm very proud of. It's called Ubakagi and it took me over one year to finish it. It's one of my most conceptual works up to date.
What other artists do you admire?
Three persons I really admire are actually all photographers. Boris Mikhailov (specially the Case History project) Antoine D'agata (he really vanishes in his own project, it's too scary) Jeffery Silverthorne. I think he's the only one able to mix death and beauty the way he does.