Radif; Acrylic on board, 24″x36″
These paintings have been inspired in parts by traditional textiles from various cultures, and in particular the Kilims and Gabbeh carpets from Iran. I’m fascinated with their formal meditative quality, as well as their subtle idiosyncrasies. Radif, which is a Persian word for row/ order, is also used in Persian music to describe a collection of several old melodic figures. In addition to arranging the colors in rows/ stripes, I’ve been thinking of reflecting a mood, perhaps similar to that of minimalist music. These paintings also have a subtle surface texture, somewhat reminiscent of weaving.