During the beginning of my course I started investigating the qualities of Persian miniatures, as they spoke in a fragmented way – i.e. glimpses of different landscapes on one surface. This reminds me, much later on, of Dali’s surrealist paintings and Picasso’s 3-dimensional portraits on a flat surface.
I am intrigued by the choice and quality of colour and the use of design and geometrical patterns in the Persian miniatures. The miniatures are a reflection of my religion and culture – they show the vibrancy of colour and movement that I grew up with. The pattern gives a sense of security.
-”The Orient” is a vast region, spreads across a myriad of cultures and countries, most of Asia & Middle East. But the word was coined up to describe them all with one word.
-The west assumed that a truly effective colonial conquest required knowledge of the conquered peoples. So they assumed their identity. Biologically inferior, culturally backward and peculiar.
-By knowing the Orient, the West came to own it. The Orient became the studied, the seen, the observed, the object. It created a single subject matter, where none existed.