“A Day in the Life” with Calgary-based Mixed Media Artist Honey Jalali

Honey Jalali is an Iranian contemporary activist artist based in Calgary, Alberta since December 2020. She works in installation, painting, poetry, digital painting, collage, and photography. Her work, rooted in conceptual art, reflects her thoughts, fears, and dreams. Honey holds master’s degrees from the Art and Architecture Azad University of Tehran. With fifteen years of teaching Graphic Design at the university level, she focuses on various artistic disciplines and believes in the healing power of Art therapy.

Honey Jalali
Abortion – My Pillow – Hanieh Jalali
Honey Jalali
Dreams come true – My Pillow
My Pillow – Closest Friend
My Pillow at The Grand Residency 2021
Honey Jalali
My Pillow- Dreams come true – Hanieh Jalali
Honey Jalali
Refugee – My Pillow – Hanieh Jalali


Which ’hood are you in?

Calgary, Alberta

What do you do?

I am a contemporary activist artist involved in installation, painting, poetry, digital painting, collage, and photography.

What are you currently working on?

I am currently working on the social change public art project called “My Pillow.” This contemporary installation series involves the exploration of multimedia elements such as body art, painting, photography, video, typography, digital art, and poetry. I have been dedicated to this project since 2021 and continue to engage in its development. I am exploring and experimenting with laser cut and CNC machine technologies to create three pillow sculptures illuminated with lights. The sculptures are being created in a maker space where I had an art residency in 2022.

Where can we find your work?

One of my pictures called “Remember, the spirit in you has no gender”, was selected for “The Artist Lens: Body”. This exhibition is part of the Exposure Photography Festival 2024, which runs in February in various venues throughout Alberta. You can find out more about Honey’s Pillow Project on Al-Tiba9 Contemporary Art, and also you can follow me on Instagram.


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