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Creativity is a form of spirituality. The practice of an artist can be a search for freedom, a deep journey of self-discovery and an effort to touch the ever-unfolding flower of this mystery of life. It does not need to align itself with any particular belief, as the very act of creation is a reflection of the life force that animates the universe.
Haleh Mashian is on a path of self-discovery. She seeks to open herself up to all of the possibilities through which she can express her creativity. For her, art is not just making a painting alone in her studio, but the experience of connecting with other people through her paintings, music and her fashion line. Mash Gallery, which she opened four years ago, is an extension of her artistic output. It aligns itself with what she sees as the social and spiritual aspects of creativity: art as a way to give of herself and to create a conduit through which she can connect with others and build community. All of these various endeavors are a reflection of her belief in art as a circular system of giving and connecting with the world.