This bleak interface between these two domains of exploration--human culture and the natural world--is the theme of my most recent series; destruction. Through ceramic sculptures and painting, I explore human culture’s ability to presume its own success while degrading its connectedness to the very environment that serves as its foundation; as it creates unintended legacies by thoughtlessly discarding waste. I seek to highlight a kind of self-destruction that is both prevalent in modern culture and actively suppressed in cultural consciousness. I inquire whether human culture is truly progressing while it destroys the environment that has caused and can sustain its progress. The three themes that articulate this dynamic are connection, culture, and destination.
Laleh Motlagh explores and actively questions the relationship between the natural world and the human culture, thematically focusing on our connection to the earth, how our modern cultural legacy supports or dismisses that connection, and the relevance of the destination of things we discard.
Through ceramic sculptures and paintings, Laleh explores human culture’s ability to degrade our connectedness to the very soil where culture’s progress has its footing, while creating a stealth legacy through the thoughtlessly discarded waste that undermines true cultural progress. She seeks to highlight a kind of self-destruction that is so prevalent in modern culture while at the same time so suppressed in cultural consciousness. Laleh inquires whether human culture is truly progressing while it destroys the environment that has caused and can sustain its progress.