My art is deeply inspired by Iran's rich ceramic traditions and its ornate architecture. Also influenced by German expressionism, NYC street art of the 1980s, and the flamboyance of Iranian humanity --my work is expressive, maximalist, and imbued with jolie-laide tension. My priorities as a painter are not virtuosity or even form --but rhythm, viscerality, and an authentic sense of the hand and mind. Through tactile textures, neurotic marks, and a psychological visual vocabulary, I push visual cacophony and movement for expressive impact. In all my work, Persian art influences merge into associations with Western and Eastern art histories and popular culture. The seamless global continuums in my work are meant to pay tribute to Iran’s influential, but often overlooked, art history —and to the ways we are connected.
My iconography over the years has explored Islamophobia; U.S.-Iranian geopolitics; Orientalist visual tropes in today’s context; Occidentalism; and consumerism. I have approached these subjects with a satirical eye, but also from a place of deep and sincere emotion. My works, in their varied threads of imagery, are not made "in a series," or in a linear or chronological manner. Each work is a singular dialogue with internalized art historical influences, and a product of genuine longstanding obsessions that I keep returning to over long stretches of time. With my more recent dancer imagery, I have been moving away from overtly political subject matter to escape depressing news. My ultimate quest, regardless of content, is to unleash Persian art's expressive potential and to use it as a springboard for an original personal vision.