Mehran’s work is inspired by the process of deformation; the effect certain forces have on physical forms over time. Natural formations such as mountains have been of particular inspiration. The result of millions of years of potential enacted through the upward pressure of tectonics and the downward process of erosion. Similarly, human societies have encountered analogous forces of cultural torsion. The ebb and flow of its artifacts, language, and traditions consumed—knowingly or not—by the contemporary individual. Mehran’s work exerts natural forces upon cultural structures as a reflection on transience and the indefinite continued reinterpretation of visual history.
Having spent many years traveling, Mehran Mesbah could be described as bit of a nomad. Born in Reno, Nevada he spent most of his childhood exploring the eastern Sierra Nevadas and Lake Tahoe. In 2001, he moved to Alberta, Canada and the years slowly moved down the northwest from Washington to Oregon eventually making it to Sacramento after a year in Paris in 2005. In 2012, he received his MA in Studio Art from CSUS. Since then he has decided to make Sacramento his home. Though Mehran still exhibits regularly both regionally and internationally. In 2015, the Kunstwerk-Carlshüette invited Mehran to participate in the International NordArt Exhibition held in Büdelsdorf, Germany. In summer of that same year, he returned from a 3-month artist in residence at the Shangyuan Art Museum in Beijing, China. In 2015, Mehran created The InsideOut, an experimental art space located in the bustling Lavender Heights District in the heart of midtown, Sacramento. Since the entire space is viewed from three large bay windows, site-specific installations and projects have the potential to be viewed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The InsideOut project promotes artistic collaboration, exploration and experimentation across a large spectrum of the Sacramento community.