Painting was a way to find a slice of calm in the clusterfuck that was 2016. It's no secret that we are living in weird times, but if you are going to survive you have to find daily reminders to break away from the "reality" our society has Frankensteined together. Painting allows me to meditate without an app, without incantations, without a guru. I wanted to literally illustrate what gave me joy - my adoration for France (other parts of Europe sometimes), my Persian heritage, my growing curiosity of architecture, my attraction to the color blue.
For so long, I didn't know what to do with the rush...to the flood of emotions I felt so often. I marked it as a curse because the burden felt so strong. These paintings allow me to face those feelings & confront them. Instead of punishing myself for those sentiments, the brushstrokes allow me to turn it into a positive self-dialogue. It's all in effort to learn who I am and what I stand for.