Artist Statement

Blacktown Studio Residency 2016

Art is a healing wand and a talking stick. Art is the expression of my lived experience.

Artist Bio

Born in Iran in 1979, I immigrated to Australia with my family in 1984 to flee the war between Iran / Iraq (1980-1989). In 2014 I founded the Iranian Women Visual Artists Collective-Australia ( 2014 – 2018) and set up a studio in St Leonards Creative Precinct. My formal education includes a Bachelor of Arts (Art History & Theory and Performance Studies) and a Masters of Teaching from the University of Sydney.

I have exhibited for over 15 years in solo and group exhibitions in Sydney, Melbourne and Rome. My works have featured in the Women Beyond Boarders project, Newtown Festival, Creative Conversations with Asylum Seekers and I have been a finalist in many art prizes, including the prestigious Blacktown Art Prize .

Artist Statement

My artmaking is semi-autobiographical and maps the fragments of memories from my past. My work draws heavily on my cultural connections to my homeland and growing up in Australia merging personal stories with political and social concerns.

I have a passion for community development and in particular empowering women. I am currently investigating earth centred practices through Shamanic journeys further exploring new areas of expression and healing of the sacred feminine.

In my practice I have explored mainly 2D forms such as painting, drawing, collage, mixed media, digital photography, Arabic calligraphy and watercolour painting. More recently I have moved into immersive installations and a short film to extend myself further in the exploration of themes of loss, memory and identity.