Paintings and Murals
Simurgh Birding Initiative, 2015 - 2016

Simurgh Birding Initiative, 2016

Anodized prints on aluminum and oil paints on aluminum (31 modules)
Size: 164 x 112 inches (each module is 12 x12 in.)

Simurgh Birding Initiative is a painting on aluminum, made up of 31 modules. It is structured as a concrete poem, where geometry and color groupings establish visual rhythms. It is based on the narrative of the Conference of the Birds, a celebrated literary masterpiece of Persian literature by poet Farid ud-Din Attar. In the poem, the birds of the world gather to decide who is to be their sovereign, as they have none. The hoopoe, the wisest of them all, suggests that they should find the legendary Simurgh. The hoopoe leads the birds, each of whom represents a human fault which prevents human kind from attaining enlightenment. The artwork deconstructs the narrative and the painterly process into the elemental visual modules representative of the characters.

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