In the past year, the mystifying lines, shapes and colours of amulets and talismans, imbued with protective and therapeutic powers, have emerged as a central motif in my paintings. Primordial as unfulfilled human desires, rooted in religious beliefs, and sanctified through mesmerizing imagination, the inexplicable beliefs imbedded in these seemingly ordinary objects have journeyed a long way throughout centuries.
The magical powers of the amulets were meant to last forever.
Nevertheless, their makers would have been astounded to see members of alien cultures, thousands of years later, living in lands unimagined, not only still wearing ancient amulets for their powers, manufactured thousands of years ago, but even modem-made replicas of the same forms.
Can we open up these small little objects, decipher their mysterious lines and shapes, and gaze at the essence of the power they have over us? Should we rob them of their magical powers-as wished by scientists by explaining their charm away, or can we empower them with immortalizing power of art, as artist’s desire.
Kianoush Farid's work is a journey to explore the dreams and mysteries. For this reason, instead of painting with colour and brush, scratches the colours on the surface of the canvas to shape these forms and symbols and portrays stories of the worlds full of spells and Amulets.
Written by Houra Yavari, Author and critic