Works on Paper > Turbulence 2
The paintings from the series, “Turbulence” are motivated by violence and a feeling of loss in reaction to the misuse of power and crimes against the innocent. The images shift between abstraction and representation and share an instinctive love for surface and symmetry, which 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 with deliberate brush strokes until what initially looks like an accidental spill matures to images of haunting and ghostlike explosions. For me, these looming landscapes of thickened shadows and delicate stains translate to multiple layers of depth and reveal what I have internalized as the harsh realities of our time.