My works evolve around personal and collective memories and emotions through installations and objects, where the repetitive motion of embroidery acts as a meditating rituals.
Paradise Garden, thread, yarn, fabric and fabric paint, 2022
I explored the ideas and narratives of paradise through literature embodied in the form of gardens. In the narrative of Garden of Eden, the garden is depicted as a perfect and eternal realm, ‘encloses and protects nature in a world overrun by humans,’ (Yazdani and Lozanovska, 2016:7) until the fall of human kind. On the other hand, the ideology of Persian paradise garden is illustrated as a walled garden that is originally exclusive from human and blocking all evil, designed for spirituality and love. Referenced Persian garden quadripartite design (or Chahar-bagh) in India and through depiction in carpets and drawings, the paradise garden is shaped by intersection of two watercourses and geometry shapes. Extinct plants are embroiled to signify two ideologies: first, the paradoxical longing of utopia and human-causes destruction in nature in the anthropocene age. Second, to explore the concept of paradise as a liquid, temporary state; which the garden acts as a metaphor of an individual body where the extinct plants symbols spiritual purity that requires proceeding practise in order to cultivate a piece of individual, ‘micro-utopia’. (Wood, 2007) Yazdani, N. and Lozanovska, M. (2016) The design philosophy of Edenic gardens: tracing ‘Paradise Myth’ in landscape architecture, Landscape History, 37:2, 5-18 Wood, J. (2007) ‘Introduction’ in Design for Micro-Utopias: Making the Unthinkable Possible. New York: Routledge.
Unseen, mixed media, 2019
Unseen explores fragmentised memories of childhood trauma, journey of overcoming and reflects parental impacts, embroiled on the internal of a tent. Inviting audience to read inside the tent with a camping light.
Visual metaphor of mending a heart, where the heart signifies multiples yet universal meanings across cultures.
Orgin, mixed media, 2017 Counting My Days, set of two, mixed media, 2016
Two artworks were showed in exhibition Lines in Motion: east meets west toexplore the construction, reflection and contradiction of multicultural identity.
A Traveller's Quote, set of 7, 2015 Free form embroidery series, 2016
Embroidery explored as a meditative state and practise, inspired by the Scandinavia ambience and natural dyed material.
When I Pray, was I Talking to Space, a series, mixed media, 2013 The series consisted 3 works. The concept started with exploring ideas of memory of perished or disappeared persons or being. Young women who experienced miscarries and abortion were interviewed. Themes of religious believes and faith, social and cultural stereotype, gender-based injustice, service gap of long-term emotional need were explored. Extracted quotes and related material where embroidered.