A set of typographic posters exploring the contrast between two dream memories that I have experienced. Both memories occurred within the context of one lucid dream with three parts-one being the first stage of fear, the second stage representing the overcoming of fear, and the final stage which is the realization of being in a dream. The content of the posters is the compilation of the poem "Inner Wakefulness" by Sufi Mystic Rumi, mixed with text that tells the progression of the lucid dream. In order to make the pictorial images of the poster, I first created an original texture using Sumerian cuneiform script, then utilized the process of projection mapping on a live model. These posters communicate my personal experience with mysticism and lucid dreaming through near eastern typographic elements.
Poetry book created based on three poems by Charles Simic. This book is sequenced to begin with the poem "Stone," followed by "Matches," and concludes with "Mirrors at 4 A.M." There is a dreamlike quality to the poems which take the reader deeper into a surreal state as you turn the pages. This book conveys the idea of falling deeper into a dream through shapes that are hand-cut and laser-cut which descend deeper into the book as the stories are told. The typography is done through the process of digital offset printing silver ink onto black paper, to further create an intimate dream-like experience for the reader.
Fragile Intersections is a collaboration with three other female artists in video and performance, exploring the commonalities in feminine gestures. From archetypal imagery to contemporary absurdity, this video flirts with the representation of power and the hierarchy placed upon women. Three female performers illustrate these dynamics through abstracted movements and choreographed compositions of gestures, sound and gaze. The ocean is used as a background to relate our actions towards mythological conceptions of femininity relating to nature and magic. The Egyptian goddess Iset is a main source of inspiration for this piece, as we pull from the mystic border between power and submission. The narrative and symbolism behind the goddess represents ideal maternity and partnership of marriage. Iset was also worshipped for her magical powers and influence over natural cycles. Mirroring these ideas, Fragile Intersections mystifies the image of femininity with the use of visual symmetry, isolation, and spatial depth.
Wind is a photographic series captured during a visit to White Sands, New Mexico, a location that falls on the same latitude as my country of origin, Iran. Geographically, it was of great importance to me to find a familiar eastern landscape, a landscape I find myself longing for everyday. I considered my journey a religious pilgrimage to find a familiar place of similar environment and soil. White Sands resides within the landscape of the American West which has always had a gendered meaning, often described as the “virgin land,” untouched and pure. In this series, I juxtapose the western landscape with the female body, using costuming resembling that of the Egyptian goddess Iset who was worshipped as the ideal mother and wife.
This series is comprised of performative self-portraits captured in a surrealist language. Wind is an exploration of eastern and western mythology, the mystic female body, and my search through the western world to discover a landscape similar to my homeland of Iran.
The opening title sequence has the potential to be the key moment of the film and offers the first images that the audience sees when the lights go down in the room. This video is a re-imagined title sequence for Persona by Ingmar Bergman. Persona is a modernist film involving two women, or maybe one, that is both sensual and strikingly minimal, but has a subtle horror element. Using originally shot footage and delicate use of typography, I re-imagined the concepts of mirroring, transparency, and the physicality of film which can be seen in Persona.