The large headdress is in reference to the Hoopoe bird from the Persian poem, The Conference of the Birds, by Farid ud-in Attar. In the poem, the Hoopoe facilitates a collection of thirty birds on a journey through seven valleys to find the legendary Simorgh. Each of the thirty birds represents a single human fault, while the word “Si morgh” is a play on words meaning “thirty birds."
History has no shortage of people who’ve used the power of metaphor, aesthetics and beauty to change meaning. I felt it was important to establish that I would be using the cloak of beauty and wonder to express grief and mourning while engage the viewer in a dialogue about bereavement. I am the master of my fate; is a self-portrait and my dual self-identity, both as a griever and an artist.
Mixed Media Collage Print on Hahnemuhle's William Turner paper and mounted to wood canvas.
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