I use art to express my deepest feelings and thoughts about women's issues to a global audience. This is accomplished by exploring my objection to unjust actions towards women, especially in Middle Eastern countries . My thesis is that despotism makes existence extremely difficult and even suffocating for women by creating hardships in every aspect of their lives.

My works include paintings and sculptures. Currently, I am creating a series entitled The Resistance (The Agony of The Paisley). This series includes Paintings as well as several sculptures made of clay combined with metal, felt and embroidery.  My Paintings usually include two or more related panels displayed next to one another, creating a unified image with an underlying theme.  My use of paisley in a red and black expresses rage, hatred, the bloody sense of war, insecurity and desperation. The dark symbols show oppression and some symbolize women's power over their own fertility and life choices . The Paisley symbol reflects Persian culture since it was created in Iran . In my art works this symbol plays a human role as a Zoroastrian symbol of life and eternity. On the other hand the Paisley symbol seems like a tear drop shed by women over a period of many years.

In my paintings the Paisley symbol shaped as women, is twisted and intertwined with her surrounding. The black hole in the paintings is a symbol of hardship that weaves the woman down in the whirlpool of darkness. However, the characters in each painting make a hard effort to uncover them from a forced veil and become visible and powerful in the external world. The Paisley symbol is struggling to become free of its shackles and wounds, and challenges her suffocating environment and fights the despotism and cruelty that she has confronted for years. In such cases one can recognize the Paisley symbol in various parts of the female body as well as in the environment.  This is to show Woman trying to break free of enforced passivity.

The sculptures are formed as a paisley, a combination of clay with a surface of embroidery symbolizes strong character of a woman with her sensitivity of the world. While one can see the beauty of the form and eastern decoration in the sculptures, one can see the wounds from years of suffering.


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