Fragmented is the second major group exhibition of IWVAC-Australia and explores materiality, identity and duality. My works reflect on fragments of memories, and poignant moments from my past. I am interested in documenting ‘the moment before’ leaving Iran to immigrate to Australia as a young child and in a broader context how the dramatic tension of the various moments before significant events in ones’ life can shape identity and sense of purpose.
For this body of work I developed three large scale oil paintings documenting the last moment before boarding the train to Tehran for our long journey to Australia in 1984. I created an immersive sculptural installation “Curfew” made up of poppy seeds and bird nests that symbolised the connection I have to my maternal grandmother. The story of her resilience and strength during the war always inspired me. My mother described how she would break curfew and bake bread on the roof tops to feed the family. I installed 15kg of poppy seeds and the smell of bread permeated the space reminding me of her. I also made a short film re-creating the imagery on the canvas in slow motion to bring that ephemeral moment to life.