I’ve come to understand my artistic process because of a chronic back problem. My images changed completely after many months where I couldn’t produce any art because of the extreme pain that I experienced in my body. When I could no longer remember how I felt before my back pain, when I understood the real meaning of needing, suffering and wishing, when I had to create my art while my body was horizontal and in pain, when I felt I was in a shell like a turtle, I began to recognize I could create countless images that could express my feelings.
I pondered about my soul and I began to more fully understand my own suffering, which led me to wish for all humans and animals to have a greater understanding of their own condition. From this point on I began to paint a world of pain out of myself, my wishes and regrets.
Pain is meant as a reminder of our joy, and the unpleasant as a reminder of ever-present beauty. Pain is pervasive in my paintings: bodily pain, the pain of being a woman, the pain of limitation, and the pain of being human. Pain includes everything that needs to be relieved. However, with every description of pain, there is a speck of hope that accompanies it. My desire is also to go beyond race and physical beauty. The elements that I use in my work can be both literal and symbolic. They are a way me to go beyond stereotypes.
As an Iranian artist who started knowing art through literature and calligraphy at a very young age, I always like to tell stories through representational objects. The elements that I use are integral in arousing responses from the viewer. I am always interested to create with symbolic textile, colors, hierarchical proportion. And sometimes the writing of my mother tongue (Persian), primarily the poems of Hafiz or Khayam. These add a kind of music and unclear murmur to my work which provides a form of relief to the melancholy atmosphere of my art. The technique also has its own narrative, however, it is very faint and delicate.