Works on Paper > Turbulence 2
The paintings from the series, “Turbulence” are motivated by fury and a feeling of loss in reaction to the violent crimes against the innocent, in particular the misuse of power in the Middle East and the crisis with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). My vision for making these works shift between abstraction and representation and share an instinctive love for detail and symmetry, that is ingrained in my Persian heritage. Inspired by Rorschach inkblots my approach has been to spill or apply paint with a brush on one side of a folded paper, press and reopen to discover biomorphic forms that resemble humans, animals and plants. I repeat this process multiple times and each time crafting it with more deliberate brush strokes until it develops into what represents a darker and more turbulent side of nature that glorifies violence and concurrently exposes us to uncertainty. Initially, what seems to look like an accidental spill matures to a haunting and ghostlike explosion that rises like smoke and leaves debris of delicate stains, linear lines and thicken shadows. These remnants are fragments of looming landscapes that translate to multiple layers of depth and internalize for me the harsh realities of our time.