Over the years, my art practice has been centred on translating my personal relationship to the natural world into a visual vocabulary. Growing up in northern Iran surrounded by forests and green landscapes has engendered in me a close bond with nature. This bond has shaped my cultural identity in profound ways. Although, "Sugar-Free Trees" records my fascination with trees in particular and closely considers trees as sites of memory, intelligence, and emotion. Most importantly, it responds to a fragile health condition relevant to my high blood sugar. Hence I had been given ninety days to lower the number.
After ninety days, a consolidated health condition resulted from walking across the city and taking pictures of trees for hours. The pictures had been uploaded on my Instagram for ninety days. Every single shot was chosen out of tens and hundreds of other images.
Most of the photos have a name based on a memory related to that date.
* This project been supported by Toronto Art Council and currently is under development. Later notice will be announced for the upcoming exhibition.