Rainfall

Spartanburg Art Museum, August 2019 (Forthcoming)

Art Space Hamra, 2015

As a new immigrant, I am interested in new media that examines the contemporary issues surrounding the role of women in the Middle East. While many female artists tackle the political issues in their art, I believe that The Practice is unique because it is both dynamic, and yet, also subtle in its appeal. The Practice captures photographic tales of rituals and endless routines that occur indoors amongst women engaged in their daily familial bonds.

The Practice is a compelling project that incorporates installation, audio, photography and sculpture. Along with assembling my own material and the help of technicians, this series will engage a contemporary audience in a dialogue that explores personal stories of women trapped in a dull existence: these are stories that have often been left untold.

The folkloric tales are a collection and present a unique interpretation of the feminine myth. For example, the sculpture entitled “Sleeping on a Needle” is the epitome of the archetypal fairy tale of Sleeping Beauty: a woman who is damned to eternal sleep after she pricks her finger on a spindle of a spinning wheel. “Day Dreaming Cotton into Yarn,” is closely related to “Sleeping on a Needle.” After a woman has finished spinning cotton into yarn, she sits idly by, wondering if her efforts were worth anything.

The works that I propose have been dramatized to highlight the different ways in which women are masked beyond being veiled behind the indoor lives. For example, “The Rice Trap” portrays a woman inside a window as she cleans rice on a tray, fills her own space full of rice to be disappeared. I feel as if these women find a subtle comfort in their daily routine which often tends to become their somber reality. This mirrors the complexities of women who feel hidden in the Middle East. These household chores, often harmless in nature, occur sullenly behind closed doors to dull the life of many uneducated and educated women in Iran. These are personal stories that are often left untold.
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