Tehran-born, Great Britain-raised and Los Angeles-based artist Yassi Mazandi — who says nature is the driving force behind her work — sculpts in bronze, clay and porcelain as well as creates works on paper and canvas. From her Flower Series, inspired by the vertebrae of a dinosaur skeleton she saw at the Natural History Museum in London, to the Ceremonial Vessels she creates by referencing geometric patterns of ancient civilizations, it’s obvious there is an intricacy and intention to her work. Regardless of the medium, each collection is a focused effort to create art that stands out in a room, which has made her a highlight in group shows at The Underground Museum in Los Angeles and the Nippon Gallery in New York. Her work is also in the collections of LACMA and the UCSB Art, Design & Architecture Museum. Her more accessible — yet no less refined — pieces include small ceramic nesting bowls, shot glasses and pipes, all of which are one-of-a-kind and meant to be used as much as they are admired.