"Les sculptures animalières de Athena Jahantigh colportent sur leurs dos arqués un immense héritage iconographique les reliant à l'art pariétal de sa Perse natale; inspiration à la fois affective et nostalgique pour cette artiste vivant et travaillant depuis 2003 en France, mais qui se marie à perfection avec son autre grande source formelle, la peinture rupestre. En résultent de petites merveilles d’animaux hiératiques et callipyges, aux formes fortes et sensuelles dotées d’une présence sculpturale particulièrement actuelle. Ce sont des sculptures contemporaines aux racines profondes." Nigel Atkins
"Her first pieces were created in Iran and were made of enamelled earthenware in one bright and intense colour. In France, her work evolved towards new finishes: in one, grains of Chamotte are revealed by scratching the surface; and in another, only traces of enamel are left in the creases after partially erasing areas of the surface. Her larger dimensioned, more recent pieces, are made of sandstone, or porcelain, where the animal's body movement is accentuated by applying plates, cut into strips, to the legs and upwards." Nicole Crestou
Athena arrived in France after obtaining a Master's Degree in Obtained Arts in Iran. She went on to study Arts and the Science of Art at the Panthéon University Sorbonne and obtained a Doctorate in Fine Arts. Despite the demands of her studies during that time, Athena continued to sculpt.
She now lives in the South of France where she is able to devote all her time to her passion as a professional sculptress"