Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Persian Haikoodles Part 3

Part 3 involves my grandmother's active search for suitable photos. You'll see that the quality of pictures have improved since I enlisted the woman who reads the newspaper inside out daily.

Your Taste is Off
But babe, I confess,
my fruit intake has been low.
My taste may be off.

Masterbating Helps
Where are we going?
What are we going to do?
Masterbating helps.

I ate the fire from Laos.
Two types of jeow to the face.
Numb lips. A burnt butt.

Near Completion, Time to Celebrate
Yes, forward progress,
is near completion.

I Ran from Syria
A great wedding last night.
I ran from a Syrian.
She did not catch me.

Monday, June 20, 2011

I ♥ Farzi

On my final days of raiding house at my grandmother's I found this photo of my aunt Farzi when she was merely 20 years old. She looked so beautiful I couldn't help but attempt (key word being attempt) to capture it in a watercolour.

Farzi - Photo


Farzi - Detail

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Happy Fathers Day!

I've spent the past month in my dad's childhood home in Tehran so it's pretty nostalgic to spend Father's day here without him. While searching through our old boxes I found this portrait I had drawn of my parents circa 1986. My dad doesn't look a day older :)
Baba va Maman

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Modern Miniatures

I recently visited Isfahan, the mecca of Persian miniature painting. While in years past I've marveled at the detail which goes into each piece, on this visit I found myself staring at large sloppy brush strokes which hardly deserved the title 'miniature'. I did however find a few gems, one of which I purchased. A small jewelery box measuring no more than  4" in length.

While I'm saddened to see an art form which dates back to pre 13th century Iran slowly disappearing, I'm happy to see a few crafts men and artists like Farah Oussoli carrying on this beautiful tradition.

Khorshid Khanoom Jewelry Box Detail
Khorshid Khanoom Jewelry Box

Monday, June 13, 2011

Haikoodles Part II

Some more haikus and their visual responses...
Matzo for Kabob
I see your kabob
and raise you matzo ball soup.
Ironic? Hell yes.
There and Here
I'm proud that you're there,
scared that something might happen,
yet know why you went.
Synth Molecules
Digital Yasmine,
Yikes, your voice is oh so synth.
Love, My molecules.
Far Reaches of the Earth
Run away with me
to the far reaches of earth.
A place called Melbourne.
Where are the Good Poets
I just keep thinking
if these poems were really good
we'd get a book deal.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Persian Love Haikoodles

While apart Justin and I have started an exercise of love, he sends me a Haiku daily and I send him a doodle on newspaper clippings from Iran. Below are the first five Haikoodles...

Iranian Muff
Oh, I miss your touch
Oh, I miss your muff, so much
Oh Iran, sniff me

The Anyhoopers
Huh? Anyhoopers?
You said this in an email
It's not Farsi, right?

Juggling Balls
What! You touched his tush!
You juggle his soccer balls?
Abedzadeh poop.

Lovers Loving Lovingly
Lover, I love love
your loving love lovingly
like lovers in love.

Vast Distance Hijab
You wear your hijab
while I hang my with homies,
our distance is vast.

Friday, June 10, 2011

So Ugly I Couldn't Look Away

Two weeks ago I payed a visit to Jomeh Bazaar in Tehran, where I saw these two beauties. I couldn't erase them from my memory, so I returned this Friday and purchased them. Yup, two bearded uni-browed book-stoppers (not sure if this was their original purpose). I've since named them Beardo and Brow and they are so ugly and intriguing I can't stop looking at them. Now I need to figure out how I can get them to Australia with all their import restrictions.

Beardos_Among the Hodge Podge


Beardos_At Home

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Dancing Dervishes

Yesterday, my 85 year old grandmother gave me a picture of  two dancing dervishes that she had clipped out of the newspaper. She asked me to paint the picture for her, but add a bit of colour because she found it to be a bit drab. The highlight though was seeing her chuckle about the dancer's fat chin when I gave her the watercolour today.

Dancing Dervish Photo

Dancing Dervish