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All universal events may occur together, despite logic of creation, that is time and place, whether in painting or ghazal (a traditional form of Persian poetry). These get dissolved to find their way into an ideal universe, superior to the materialistic one. The inspiration, it seems, is so strong, that it compels a poet or philosopher to toe the same line - an artist being no exception. Considered as the bedrock of Persian thought the overwhelming influence of these two worlds - the materialistic and the spiritual - could well be felt in almost every realm of its structure.
In Persian thought, daily life is not disregarded. In fact, it finds presence in creative work without tending to abstraction. For me, there is a supra material meaning to the mundane in material life achieved by situating it in symbolic space.
I regard my paintings as having been inspired by an authentic multi-space thought and culture of a Persian past. Such spaces are juxtaposed without any cause and effect relationship. In such a perspective it is possible to easily move from one space to another in order to reach a transcendent whole. Moreover, regardless of its appearance, it has a higher meaning.
My work therefore depicts the everyday experiences of my life and environment. I collect recurring motifs from my surroundings, while maintaining a freedom to accept spontaneous inspiration as it arises. My images emerge from the internalisation of a closely observed environment, collated in a composition of multi-spaces and co-existing narratives. Colours are drawn from the landscape. Themes of the human experience - freedom, peace, harmony - emerge intuitively.
For me the traditional Persian philosophy of multi-spaces provides an exciting bridge to move from the cultural past to the contemporary personal experience.
2003 ACMI, Federation Square, Melbourne,
Selected Group Exhibitions
2003 Bid for Freedom, Glen Eira Town Hall,
Melbourne, Australia, Garden & Flower Show, Royal Exhibition
Building, Melbourne, Australia, Smorgon Contemporary Art
Prize,Victoria, Australia, MFA Postgraduate Exhibition, VCA Gallery,
2004, Smorgon Contemporary Art First prize
(Painting), Victoria, Australia