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 people as well as in NYC dance floor culture --my work is hyper-expressive, playful, gaudy, and visceral, imbued with a jolie-laide tension. My priorities as a painter are not virtuosity or even form --but rhythm, vibrant energy, and an authentic sense of the hand and mind through texture, marks, and a psychological vocabulary of images. In all my work, Persian art influences merge into associations with Western and Far Eastern art histories and popular culture. The seamless global connections in my work are meant to insert Persian art into visual dialogues, asserting its relevance and connectivity.
My iconography over the years has explored neuroses of our times-- Islamophobia; bombastic rhetoric between the U.S. and Iran; Orientalism; Occidentalism; and female consumerism. I have approached these subjects with a satirical eye, but also from a place of deep and sincere emotion, and often, angst. With my more recent dancer imagery, I have been moving away from overtly political subject matter as a form of escape, and to embrace the democracy and shared humanity of the dance floor. My ultimate quest, regardless of subject matter, is to unleash Persian art's expressive potential and to use it as a springboard for an original personal vision.