Sculptural and Installation Art with Handmade Paper / July 25 – 30, 2021
My work examines how culture and its identity can be understood from its women’s status and circumstances, such as the roles they play in society, the rights they enjoy (or not), and most pointedly, the dress codes to which they must adhere. The mysterious, veiled, Muslim-Iranian women that have captured my attention since I was a little girl continue to flap around the edges of my mind. In my works, the different shades of the chador are transformed into symbols of chastity and pietism, into a cultural icon, a political manifesto, and are finally tied to the mental and emotional states of identity. For this work, I wanted to depict a woman with a chador – a black veil that swallows the woman in its form. I wanted to envision a woman who struggles with her thoughts, a woman who attempts to hold or release something. I try to visualize an impression of being safe or being insecure. It is an image of a woman who has grown up in a patriarchal society and is constantly struggling with the social and cultural dichotomies.