Artist Statement

My interest in nature is rooted in my childhood, when I became sensitive to it through Iranian tradition and culture, which is itself derived from nature, as well as living in the nature of northern Iran. With the development of industry and technology, the man of the modern age has become ignorant of the nature that is his main resort. Especially in developing countries and the third world, this negligence is more evident, and since all of us live on the same planet, these damages affect the entire earth, and lead to the extinction of various plant and animal species. With the high sensitivity of the above issue, I began a series of my work that I am expanding every year. My other works include collections with social, political, etc. themes to which I attend alongside the “The lost nature” collection, that I have published these projects and collections on my site. Initially the collection of “The lost nature” had a formalistic approach, and gradually, with more attention to environmental damages, it turned from a purely formalist viewpoint to a critical one. The early works of this series are rooted in the Iranian tradition and culture, including carpet weaving and cloth weaving, and then, through the collage of the color pieces and attention to the paper cutting art, which is one of the oldest bookbinding traditions in Iran, it progressed, and little by little, using newer media, including photography, movie, etc. my recent works were developed. One of my most important reasons in using new media is the development of industry and technology. For example, in my recent works, we are faced with a picture reproduced by a scanner and a movie from the Persian Gulf coast. In the early works of this collection, using useless old pieces of the clothes of people living in Western Iran, I›ve woven rugs in the form of the rugs made by the villagers of western Iran (Ilam), which represent the farms and pastures of that region. Then, by traveling to different regions of Iran and taking photos and then, drawing the subjects of photographs, I continued the collection, and the continuation of these drawings resulted in paintings made of colored patches created on glass by cardboard or acrylic, and after cutting them, I arranged them next to each other. This procedure is influenced by the paper cutting technique, and by printing, I developed my drawings, and finally, my recent works are made of sliced photos, scanned videos, etc. What I portray in this collection is a look at the nature emptied of man and his artifacts, a land that can be human utopia and at the same time, a silent and vacant nature, so that through this paradox, I can portray the short distance between existence and absence, and make it tangible. In my opinion, what the media present is not a comprehensive view of the whole facts. Media rebuild or reproduce an image by selecting the parts they need, and by splitting, cutting and collage of different parts of my pictures, I create a picture that is not homogeneous while showing a unity to challenge the underlying layers of the images created by the media. In the past, carpets, rugs, books, etc. were considered as media, and today, new media like videos and photos, and more generally, the virtual space are powerful media, and in an overall view, I show the changes in these media, and in the paradox found between the old media and modern media, I show the climate change and transition from peace and beauty to the destruction of the earth.