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The Two Ladies

By Syma Sayyah, Tehran

I went to see the works of two ladies at Haft-Samar galley couple of weeks ago. The style of the two artists, Fariba Shapourian and Afsaneh Nazeri, were quite different, and I wondered why they had put up a joint show together? Yet, I guess this in itself had a rather nice charm to it.

Afsaneh Nazeri works on clothes patterns. She lives in Tehran and Isfahan and teaches paintings while she is studying for her doctorate in Art. She is member of painting department of the Art Faculty of Isfahan University. She has been working in this field for about twenty years, and she has had many exhibitions individually and in groups in the past. I found her works most intriguing and touching. I hope the pictures that I have taken can do justice to her magnificent handy work of carving or creating a sense of carving using paint, cloth, special powder and other materials on the canvas. I found these most wonderful. By using verses from Hafez[1] as well as religious verses, including some from Qoran, which may be considered good sayings in her work, which incidentally she does so with great taste and delicacy, she brings tradition and modernity so close that I wanted to stand back and clap my hands for her efforts. I wish she was there so that we could meet when I went to see her work. But I was informed by the gallery that she has been working on Iranian negargarri for awhile. I for sure will be looking for her next exhibition with great anticipation.

The works of Fariba Shapourian, the autumn leaves, were few and occupy just a small room in the gallery; yet when I saw them, I felt the autumn breeze blowing in the room and touching me! The works, for me, were a little decorative, but the feel about them were very strong and powerful yet gentle and cool at the same time. She has a great passion in her use of color. She is an art researcher who lives in Tehran, and she has previously had joint exhibitions. I found her work very warm and inviting you can see for your selves.

[1] Hafez is the well known Iranian Poet from Shiraz who lived in 14th century.

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