Cloud9 is a podcast produced by Baha’i Teachings. Its aim is to feature interviews with artists and discuss what inspires them to make a positive contribution to the world. In this episode, Baha’i Teachings’ arts editor Shadi Toloui-Wallace interviews Leili Towfigh, a diverse multidisciplinary artist, philosopher and social justice educator based in Boston, Massachusetts. Leili speaks about the 20+ years she’s spent creatively exploring concepts of beauty, science and the oneness of humanity.
Leili reveals her attraction to harmony and order, and how their important connection to science and mathematics forms the signature artistic patterns in her work. Beyond the aesthetics of her ceramic creations, though, she also expresses her deep passion for social justice initiatives — and the connections she makes between her striking art, her vision of race unity and achieving the oneness of humanity.