© 2019 by Saya Behnam
 

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Paintings

Working with materials that come directly from nature as my medium, has affected me deeply regarding my view about time, the concept of nostalgia, birth, death, and the laws of nature.
 

The strong power of nature in destroying, rebirthing, concealing, or revealing has a mysterious pattern. Looking at traces of what will be left behind is breathtaking. While my medium is all from nature, my work is a visual translation of these patterns and laws.
 

I interpreted my cherishing of this through the freestyle of my brushstrokes as they flow over each other.  This then becomes my metaphor for growth and continuous birth.  Afterward, I either covered particular brushed passages with white or scratched and wiped colors in a rhythmic pattern, serving as my metaphor for the destruction that occurs in nature’s cycles of life.

The full range of these colors only come through delicate processes where they are extracted from dried or fresh petals, plants, spices, minerals, pigments, and stones.   Please see the process by clicking here. Also, some videos here will show it briefly.