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Susann Hashemiyan brings East and West together in her art to tell a new Story

By Syma Sayyah, Tehran

What can I say? I found her work most provocative! I was impressed with this young lady, who has studied textile design and has been practicing drawing/painting for the past 12 years. She tells me that she studied with Mr. Aydeen Aghdashlou, the well known Iranian painter, for seven years. But she has also enjoyed the guidance of other well known ostadads (masters) such as Mr. Alkhass, Mr. Pakbaz and Mr. Vakilli.

Susann says that in her work she aims to use the philosophy of the East with Elements of the West and tell a new Story. She wonders about questions that springs from one's deeper self and has nothing to do with his/her external world. When I ask her what are such queries she tells me questions such as, what is meaning of loneliness and what does balance mean?

She believes that these will guide humans to reach in the end, the one and the very same common understanding which will enable them to reach ultimate happiness and ecstasy which in the end will enable them to see gods with their own eyes and touch them and feel them with their hands. Something that one does not find in these times. What she sees now is nothing but war and destruction and 'nothingness.'

Saying the least, I am a little overwhelmed with all this emotion and deep hard thoughts of this very gentle but definitely sure and determined lady. One of her works reminded me so much of a friend that I had to buy this huge work for their new house that they have bought recently, as a present. Somehow, in a way I think they have something in common with my friend Nasrin and this portrait of this lady, laying on a sofa gazing at you. You can see this one among the pictures.

... Payvand News - 6/28/04 ... --

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