"The animal sculptures of Athena Jahantigh, who has resided in France since 2003, transport us back to an immense iconographic heritage, creating an inspirational and nostalgic bond with her native Iran, and marries to perfection her other great creative source of rock painting. The results are these little marvels of hieratic and callipygous animals with strong and sensual forms, and a particularly modern sculptural presence.
These are thoroughly contemporary pieces, yet deeply rooted in an ancient culture!" Niegel 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"