The art of Neda Dana-Hari is inspired by Persian poetry and Sufi philosophy. Her work reflects upon imagery of the past, myths and narratives that change with time and yet carry with them the unconscious emotions affecting our daily life.
I always admired her ‘Colourscape’ series visually representing the story of a journey inspired by the allegory of the ‘Conference of the Birds’, a poem by the 12th century Persian poet and philosopher, Farid-Uddin Attar. He described how a group of birds embark on a journey to find the legendary phoenix, the symbol of eternal rebirth. The birds must pass through seven valleys: Questing, Love, Knowledge, Independence, Detachment and Unity, Bewilderment, and finally Liberation to achieve their aspiration.
In this series, Dana-Haeri depicts each of the valleys in different colours and feather motifs to evoke either the birds or the space they find themselves in, allowing the viewers to participate in their voyage and becoming travellers themselves.
‘Vadi Quest from the Colourscape series’, 2012, etching, edition of 3, H500 mm x W500 mm.
Courtesy and ©Neda Dana Hari, Janet Rady Fine Art and Renée Pfister 2020. All rights reserved.
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