Having Iranian-American artist Misha Zadeh as the February PANW artist, one week after this heartbreaking executive order, is sheer coincidence. We arranged it months ago. However, I am only human and the temptation to attach a bigger meaning to this small event is great. Remember those ridiculous Where the Hell is Matt videos (that make me cry every single time) from a few years ago? They’ve been on my mind, as have this Facebook post from Rick Steves and the St. Louis Manifest twitter feed.
Misha and I live just a few blocks away from each other and our children attend the same schools. The first time her work caught my eye was during our school’s PTA auction, with the neighborhood map she designed for it and had kids from one of the fourth grade classes illustrate. All my favorite books as a kid had illustrated maps, making these maps of my own neighborhood completely irresistible. I didn’t realize until later that Misha’s work goes far beyond the PTA realm, and I am honored that she so enthusiastically agreed to do a postcard for this project. Here’s to adding a little more light and love and art to our world.
SIX QUESTIONS FOR MISHA
What did you want to be when you grew up?
An actress or artist. I gave up the actress bit in middle school. In high school I had NO IDEA what I wanted to be, but rejected art as a career because I didn’t think it was serious (or lucrative) enough. Then I found graphic design in college, and it seemed like business + art, so I was sold.
Do you consider yourself an introvert, and extrovert, or somewhere in between the two?
Mostly an extrovert — or maybe just an ambivert who is really outgoing and enjoys performing/being in the spotlight. I do love (and get) a lot of alone, retrospective time and would be lost without it.
What are your top three Seattle area restaurants?
The Whale Wins, Sitka & Spruce, and Stoneburner
Do you have a favorite book?
I really love Persepolis 1 & 2 by Marjane Satrapi. It is a compelling, emotional, beautiful read and a very easy primer on the Iranian Revolution. Plus, amazing drawings. Everyone should read this. It was the “Seattle Reads” book for 2006 and I got to meet Marjane briefly at the Ballard Library. My mom and I expected a few other Iranian Americans to be there. The line was hours long and wrapped around the block — we may have been the only Iranian Americans there. It actually made me a bit weepy with joy.
What was the last book you read? Did you like it?
Mindy Kaling’s Why Not Me? Good, but not quite as LOL as her first, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? I LOVE memoirs.
Thank you so much Misha, for being a part of Post Art Northwest!
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Congratulations eaweber19 & kelly.m, you are the winners of our February postcards*! I will be in touch shortly to get them to you.
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*This month I have two postcards to mail out, both with original art by Misha on the back.