My paintings are about the intertwined relationship between humans and their inner creative nature. In my works, I don’t separate humans and nature. A god-like nature, always in a metamorphosis state, constantly creating and becoming anew. The modern human is separated from this inner creative world and she is searching for a way that used to connected her. She wants to have a creation to feel alive and find the meaning of life, death, and immortality. I’ve connected my inner and outer links to create my paintings. My technique consists of two major layers: In the first layer, I use expressive coloring without too much intentional intervention or control the unexpected moment at which the final shape is born.

Sometimes this expressive layer is based on collages or printing. The second layer is the combination of figurative drawing methods, the Eastern liner drawing in traditional Iranian paintings (Negargari and lithography) consisting of intertwined human and natural forms. Some shapes remind us of art history influences like Bosch’s grotesque figures. In my anatomical drawings, my attention is mostly on the genitals; it’s the place of growth and birth of new humans. It’s usually depicted as a womb, shaped like a tree trunk with roots in water and its foliages are intersperse all over my painting. This will result in, humans, plants, and animals inseparably intertwined. 


The theme of my paintings is inspired by a combination of Iranian poetry and mythological stories -such as the story of Mašyā and Mašyānē which according to the Zoroastrian cosmogony, were the first man and woman whose procreation gave rise to the human race-. A major inspiration to start the “Mirror Garden” series is Ahmad Shamloo’s* poetries in his book with the same title. The love-themed paintings set in a timeless imaginary universe with a critical tone on the cultural and political conditions that destroying nature; each depicting a journey of a fruitless woman into her inner mirrored garden. She (a symbol of modern lost and depressed humans) looks into the mirrors (symbolizing the border between imaginary and real-world) that turns into a pond in the garden.

The women then transform into a fish entering the pond. The fish transforms into a bird in the search of light. From the feathers of the bird, a plant grows and she finds her beloved in the foliages. From their intercourse, a tree rises, in its womb shaped trunk a flower-shaped fetus is growing. She’s born again in the form of a large beautiful tree. Watching these paintings and joining their journies will give the viewer -or even the artist- an experience to look into their inner world in search of a bud awaiting irrigation to a newer self.
* Ahmad Shamlou (1925 – 2000) was an Iranian poet, writer, and journalist. Shamlou was arguably the most influential poet of modern Iran. He was a Marxist and a socially-minded intellectual who has woven personal love and affection together with his social attitudes.

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