Iranian artist Maryam Ashkanian graduated in Painting from Art Faculty of Gilan University, Iran. Her works have been exhibited in Tehran, Antwerp, Munich, Dubai, Edinburgh, Warsaw and Athens.
Ashkanian embroiders individuals deep in sleep onto the surface of her handmade pillows, matching the size of her subjects to the area they would occupy when having a nap. The stitched sleepers lay sprawled in different configurations on the white background.. These sculptures are a way to access the wide subject matter of dreams, a place where Ashkanian feels we can observe ourselves in one of the purest forms.
"Dream is a window open to a board universe. In dreaming we are observers who stare into the farthest most terrible wonderful and coming back to the real world achieving exclusive experiences. Images of us in dreams are revealed in the right truest evidence; an original icon which introduces us to the peripheral world wildly. Pillow is a metonymy of a dream; as a canvas embraces the next of body."