We had the good fortune of connecting with Haleh Mashian and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Haleh, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
To me, the whole purpose of life is to constantly go into the unknown and discover new gems about yourself and find your true essence. Without taking risks, your life becomes more of a culmination of predictable events. We often think that we can stay the same if we continue with what we do, but the reality is we either go backward or forward. Hence, risk-taking is a milieu to conquering our fears and growing into the person we are destined to be.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am a Contemporary Artist that works in different series. There’s nothing I’ve done that hasn’t been done before, and that is the case for everyone. What sets me apart though, like anyone else, is my unique energy that I bring into any creative pursuit. There’s only one of me in this world and I take that very seriously, because I have a responsibility to bring my totality and individuality to whatever I do. In that sense, I am very unique like everyone else.
There are always challenges, failures and successes. I like to gauge my journey with how much I grew from the experience. So yes, it has been challenging, exhilarating and growthful.
The lesson I learned is not to over identify with the content of who I think I am. If I aim to find happiness by adding more and more content to who I am, I will stay stuck in my history and in my identity. The mystery is to constantly dropping the past and allowing the presence.
I’m here to express my inner ecstasy, joy and creativity and engage in an energetic exchange with my community.
To inspire and get inspired by others.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
LA has a lot to offer and every corner pulsates with a different vibe. A stroll on the beach, or lounging at the Paradise Cove restaurant during the day is always relaxing and exhilarating. For a more posh experience, I would visit Nobu even though I am not a sushi fan. The ambience is terrific and a great way to experience Malibu.
I would visit my local Italian restaurant in Santa Monica, Locanda Portofino for the best Gnocchi Sorentino in town.
Covid permitting, I would arrange a night out to a few gallery openings. It’s a great way to get inspired by local and international visionaries such as artists and curators.
Downtown Los Angeles, it’s a whole world onto itself with every few block feeling like a city of its’ own. The flower mart, the produce market, fashion and jewelry district and of course the DTLA Arts District to name a few. Since I’ve opened MASH Gallery in DTLA, I have been experiencing such a diverse mix of art, fashion, culinary and business in the neighborhood that keeps growing. I will definitely visit this very unique hub and stop by Hausser and Wirth for and inspiring exhibition and dine at Bavel for a scrumptious meal.
One of my other favorite spots is the Descanso Garden. Such an enchanting place and an oasis in the city life.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I dedicate my shoutout to my spiritual master teacher Dr. Michael Gottlieb who turned my life into a joyous, adventurous and meaningful journey. Also, to my loving husband, family and friends who have always cheered me on and believed in me.
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