Outside the studio, I paint en plein air throughout Tehran. As an immigrant arriving in the capital of Iran, I leaned towards painting my surroundings by using representation to understand, connect and, at times, conquer the unknown dynamics and underlying relations of a congested and hectic urban center.
Impersonating a Masterful Painter
Walking on these noisy sidewalks and exposed to rushed pedestrians, I set up my easel, canvas, and oil color palette, impersonating a masterful painter, to explore my socioeconomic position as an artist in the urban fabric of Tehran through the eyes of non-experts.
I navigated the city and social customs over the act of painting (i.e., alla prima) to initiate an intimate relationship with local passersby who would spend time observing my process and questioning the story of my work.
Painter on the Street (Short Documentary)
Here is the short documentary I mentioned above. It delineates how I painted on Keshavarz Boulevard and how people interacted with me. My method of painting evolved later. I got more skillful and chose different subjects. I would love to paint on the streets again in the future when I am more experienced and have a deeper understanding of the city.
I paint plants figuratively in multiple observational sessions to find myself plural with human and non-human surroundings. The singular plants, at times weeds growing out of concrete and on the sidewalks, are my stand-in.