Delbar Shahbaz deftly deploys sources in her works (sculpture, painting, installation, video, and drawing) that reflect on her role as a woman, artist, immigrant, and teacher.
Delbar is exploring self-identity as a fluid multidimensional concept, defined by social and cultural context. As a new immigrant woman, she examines body image, beauty perception and female identity through the lens of different cultures. Delbar borrows from a wide range of influences, from ancient fertility totems to unknown female outsiders’ writings, in order to create a world of fantasy where her lovable and loathsome creatures are mirroring their identities through textured corporeal forms that are glamorized by their material construction. Her works depict both beauty and brutality of the body, driving the viewer to touch, fondle and play with them.