Installation at Aidekman Center for the Arts at Tufts University, Medford, MA
Sept – November 2008
A Persian Garden, view from entrance
A Persian Garden was conceived as a kind of vault for works of a highly autobiographical nature. A 15 x 20 foot room was built, with a transparent drop ceiling and concrete floor installed, to create an intimate and luminous space unlike the larger exhibition space.
Within this space is a single sculpture, entitled Backyard, and surrounding it, a series of paintings. The paintings and sculpture are drawn from my time living in pre-Revolution Iran, from 1974 to 1978.
On the outside walls of the room hang grisaille paintings, collectively entitled Rosetta Stone - these are based on photographs taken during the takeover of the American embassy in November 1979.
Materials include: MDF, balsa wood, acrylic, aluminum, Plexiglas, marble dust, modeling paste, and salt
Caspian Sea Hyatt, oil on linen, 22 x 31 inches, 2008
Thin Ice, oil on linen, 22 x 32 inches, 2008
1974 Buick, oil on linen, 22 x 30 inches, 2008
Backyard (Lamb), oil on linen, 24 x 30 inches, 2008
1979, oil on linen, 24 x 30 inches, 2008
Rosetta Stone: 1979, oil on linen mounted on panel, 16 x 20 inches, 2008
Rosetta Stone, oil on linen, 18 x 21 inches, 2008
Rosetta Stone, oil on linen, 12 x 15 inches, 2008