Much of my current work deals with capturing traces and histories of people, moments, and places. I attempt to create a record of instances in the face of our existential reality that things always change, people are not permanent in our lives, and we are ephemeral beings. These records are not always permanent themselves, often being made out of non-archival materials. No matter what the medium, I want to talk about the moments in our lives that can seem insignificant; yet, it is all of those little moments that make up the most of our histories. Mundane conversations, everyday objects, interactions with strangers, process time in our studios-- all comprise seemingly insignificant moments that are actually the meat of our life and just as significant as the larger, flashier instances we tend to notice and celebrate. As an immigrant from Iran, and having moved so much in my life from country to country and US state to state, I am very sensitive to losing people and places and try to make them important, because loss is very real, painful, and oftentimes unfair. How do you hold on through all these shifts and how do you make them all seem important in the end?
Some of my recent work includes drawing series in 2D. These are usually abstract works, or abstractions from representational images, in mixed media on various substrates. They elicit from my urge to draw out energies and, sometimes, excruciating anxieties that I live with every day. At times, the work is based on images from sites (e.g. dilapidated historic houses straddling the zone between potential razing or renewal) that I "abstract" on the canvas. The viewer gets the essence of the space and place.