Since I was young, Persian carpets were a symbol of originality, beauty and mystery for me, like a woman! During my artistic activities, I integrated carpets into many of my works including masks, paintings, jewelry and most recently in my sculptures. I generally use left-over vintage Persian carpets and produce artwork by adding new materials such as glue guns and glue sticks. I also use disposable items such as soda bottles for instance to make vases. At times, I have used Devil's ivy plant that is a symbol of endless growth, however, instead of placing it inside soil, I placed the plants in water to symbolize transparency. In my work, I also use molds. For instance, I have made masks by first molding my face with a plaster band. Then, using a glue gun, I covered the mold with glue and peeled off the plaster to make the mask look transparent. Afterwards, I emptied parts of the mask using a torch.
What differentiates my artwork from other people is the knowledge of psychology that underlies my work. For me making art is a way to clean everything out of my mind. It gives me the sense of drifting in a timeless realm. I use art to express my thoughts and feelings. Furthermore, Art therapy is a way for women to express themselves and overcome discrimination. As a psychologist, I understand that women like myself need to enhance our self-awareness to in turn create a healthier society. However, a majority of Iranian women are taught from childhood not to speak up, not to see, and not to even consider their own needs. This leads to their low self-esteem, depression and helplessness, and one of the best ways for helping women in Iran is through art.
I believe in Maslow's Pyramid that says that humans, regardless of their gender, ultimately seek self-actualization, and it is then that all these suffering eventually become nothing more than past experiences. And that it is then that maturity sprouts from within us. In my two submitted works, I tried to portray the situation of an Iranian woman and all the social suffocation and suppression that is imposed upon her. My works show that, at the end of the tunnel, there is still a window of hope which will always exist. In my first work, I showed suffocation, and in the second, I showed growth from within. Freedom and awareness eventually find their way, regardless of all limitations and barriers.
I was born in Iran as a Muslim woman who had no part and power in choosing my own religion. I soon realized that, in many instances, my religion cannot answer my questions. Furthermore, pursuing the concepts of spirituality, inner growth and self-fulfillment has always been part of my life. So I was very happy when I accidentally can across this competition on Google search. I think chi??? Will enhance my knowledge about another religion and open a new window for me as a woman.
Studying psychology at the post graduate level has helped me focuc more closely on the concept of spirituality than before.
Finding a meaning in life and self-actualization become an important part of my life. I started reading about these topics from the viewpoint of different psychologists and theorists. The competition that was chosen was very much in line with the path I have been talking in my artwork. Moving in the direction of self-knowledge, self-fulfillment and understanding the concept of suffering and hardships of life as a way to growth.
My mother lives in UK. I can post it for her and the buyer can order it through amazon or any other safe websites they prefer.
I make handmade handicrafts (including accessories and wall hanging mirrors) and work as a sculptor, painter and psychologist.
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