Gouache on Cardboard
This piece is adopted from Reza Abbasi’s painting which shows a beautiful woman is using kohl for her eye and looking at herself in the mirror.On the cushion which she’s leaning on,is an image of a man who’s is giving her a look fool of love,this is while he’s filling his bowl with wine. But in this piece the beautiful woman in Reza abbasi’s painting has turned to a painter who is blinding her eye with a knife,even her image in the mirror is threatened by this scene,so her eyes are closed.
Her knife looks like her painting brushes ,just like the clouds in her painting which look like the clouds in van gogh’s paintings. It’s said that in the past when a miniaturist refused to draw something following the king’s order,the king would order to make him blind,or he would make his self blind . This subject is finely revealed in Orhan Pumak’s book called ” My name is Red “.
Van gogh ,with his ear cut ,is looking at her with a feeling of surprise or maybe sympathy.
The surrounding gilding and decorations are guns which are decorated by flowers and leaves ,the gun which Van Gogh killed his self with it. All of the used motives are drawn and decorated with inspiration of guns,knives and bullets covered with blood . Various poems of Forugh Farrokhzad are written and repeated in all sides of the painting,such as I couldn’t,I couldn’t anymore That spring and that green delusion I cried the whole day in the mirror which pick,which climax
All of the catastrophes which are revealed with beautiful decorations in this piece ,show the contrast of our souls ,insides and our surroundings . This piece is a talk between Van gogh,Reza Abbasi and me as an Iranian woman Artist in no man’s land.
Acrylics on Canvas –
There’s a painter woman with her two children , shown in the middle of the piece . She kept her children safe through her maternal love and creativity . The two birds are the symbols of the children .Outside their closed space,there are wounded birds flying ; and nests without mothers taking care of them . The mother of nature was not able to take care of these wounded birds . There seem to be beautiful ornaments on the margins , but once we get close we see weapons, knives,guns and war planes .There’s also a part of the great poet ” Ferdowsi ” with this concept : I suffered too much in these 30 years ,( and the word “suffering” is repeated on the borders .As the rest of the ” Ars Poetica” ‘ s series,this piece is pointing the hard situation of the contrasts and a woman’s life as a female,mother and artist in this world and particularly in middle east.
Acrylics on Canvas
In this pieces , we see two lovers sitting next to each other . The woman is giving the moon to the man . This is a way of showing Caligula ,who couldn’t get enough and even wanted the moon, since he was looking for the impossibles .And in this piece, the woman is making the impossible , possible . Around the lovers somethings are happening,such as a poem from Forugh Farrokhzad that says : What black clouds are waiting for the Sun’s fest( the word “waiting” is repeated in the margin ) ; Thus in this piece , clouds are painted in the margins . Also some ornaments that show order and beauty from a distance,are presenting images of knives and other weapons if you get close to them . The stress that today’s poeple are living with it , and all of their beautiful experiences are threatened .This piece is also revealing the contrasts in the world especially in middle east , for women and Artists ,as the rest of the Ars Poetica’s series.
9 pieces , 30×30 cm – each
Acrylics on Canvas
2010 – There are different situations of a woman , shown all together , surrounded by weapons,guns,war planes ,knives and rockets . Forugh Farrokhzad’s poems are written all around the pieces , which help to reveal their situation . Wounded birds, a river with the color of blood , and other elements show their conditions ; my aim is to show this contrast that what we see at first sight is not the reality . As an example , in one of the works, a woman is covering her mouth with her own hands , while the poem around the pieces says : I want to say no,no,no… , and around that poem we see a border filled with guns ; so something is avoiding her from saying “No” .
Or in another image we see a woman in a seductive position,but if one gets more precise on looking at it ,he sees that she’s beheaded .
The contrast happening in my surroundings , is a motivation for my works .
Gouache on cardboard
2009 – This piece is with inspiration from Monalisa and the Miniature of Safavi’s period.It’s revealing the duality of Iranian culture.Monalisa is smiling as she has a scar on her neck.It’s important for Iranians not to complain even if they are injured ;and Iranians always have two opposite feelings which we cary with themselves . Based on the old miniature ,in this piece , calligraphy plays an important role,with the difference that in those works classical poem is written while in this piece the poem of a contemporary poet “Ahmad Shamloo” is used.There are some signs of “tazhib” in this work.The effort was made to recall a traditional Miniature. Though with a closer look,one finds out the contemporary concept. The concept of Shamloo’s poem which is used in this piece is this : “No one has ever committed to a more tragic suicide as I live my life. ” This poem is written all around the image of Monalisa.Words from this poem are used in the other borders of the work which at the first sight might seem more likely as motives,though with repeating those words again and again in different borders ,a new concept will be made.The words go this way :
these words are repeated one after another in the borders.but in the last border ,one word and only for once is written :
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