A few pieces from my most recent series.
In Persian mythology, maleficent spirits – djinnis– are captured in magic containers, represented in this project by the constructions of wood and metal onto which the drawings are mounted. The creatures drawn on the paper are the manifestations of ideas which I consider to be harmful. The cities on their heads represent the logical conclusion of those ideas, the world-view necessary to consider those ideas to be true. Many of the pieces explore how those ideas are spread. For example, the first piece shows how ideas pass from one generation to the next, often mutating into something worse. The second, shows a magician, or other person with undue influence impressing his ideas on a weaker person. The last depicts nine separate groups of people, each caught in their own misconceived world-views, together making up a hierarchical society.