REMNANTS | EAST GALLERY
SEPTEMBER 14 - OCTOBER 21, 2017
Crossing cultures, my immigration from Iran to the USA has been a significant influence on my work. Raised in Hamadan, an ancient city in Iran that dates back to 1100 BC, the modern and ancient worlds were constantly present. I observed the modern city flourishing on top of historical sites.
The base of my large-scale paintings and installations is inspired by Iran’s ancient and America's postmodernist architecture, and has yet to be a social or political commentary. I have always felt instability in my life: First, my youth in Iran, growing up with war. Now, as an Iranian immigrant in the United States, political conflicts and social constraints plague my mind and influence my art.
My imagery is often intermingling fragmented forms of architectural structures with major themes of time, erosion and degradation. Structures both ancient and contemporary are represented in a chaotic composition of vibrant brush merged into abstract, organic forms with floating and shifting environments.