This series of embroideries contain excerpts from Shahnama (‘The Book of Kings’ by Persian poet Ferdowsi, 940-1020 CE). The drawings are inspired by a vast array of folksy and traditional visual sources from different periods of time. A line of Poem taken out of its context to describe existence shadowed by the horrors of demons, as well as hope for a life free of them. I mock, taunt, and challenge, presenting playful offerings of hope as well as despair and doom.

The embroidery medium taken out of a traditional cult that uses embroidery banners in religious mourning ceremonies.

Here I use this medium in a secular context and think about the surface as a space for narration.

Installation view, IVDE Gallery, Dubai

Installation view, IVDE Gallery, Dubai

Translation of the calligraphy: The World Fills with Benevolence and Peace/ the Demon's Hands Are Tied and His Plots Cut Short Embroidery on velvet, Triptych (Middle piece: 63x47 inches, two side pieces: each 51x22 inches)

Translation of the calligraphy: The World Fills with Benevolence and Peace/ the Demon's Hands Are Tied and His Plots Cut Short
Embroidery on velvet, Triptych (Middle piece: 63x47 inches, two side pieces: each 51x22 inches)

Translation of the calligraphy: I am the Most Sinful Person / For I am Seized by the Demon Embroidery on velvet, 63x47 inches

Translation of the calligraphy: I am the Most Sinful Person / For I am Seized by the Demon
Embroidery on velvet, 63x47 inches

Embroidery on velvet, 63x47 inches

Embroidery on velvet, 63x47 inches

Detail

Detail