Date of Award
Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
Art and Design
Starting from my roots in Persian traditions, I am branching out, seeking my place in the universe, and looking for enlightenment among other belief systems. I draw inspiration from Persian poets and scholars like Rumi that form the basis of my research – and the Sufi mystic Attar in particular. Attar wrote about the steps one must complete to attain enlightenment in his tale The Conference of the Birds. In this tale, a group of birds must survive through seven challenges, or valleys, to reach spiritual perfection. The Seven Valleys combines seven screen-printed Plexiglass panels with projected video, sound, and shadow to explore spirituality. This immersive, multilayered installation is an investigation of the phenomenology of flow, unity, and transcendence and how humans can experience ecstasy in connection with the natural world.
Mojtahedzadeh Fard, Darya, "The Seven Valleys." Thesis, Georgia State University, 2022.
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