Simplicity vs complexity, form vs formlessness and fading form, unity vs separation, color vs monotone, existence vs on-existence. The artist examines elements and issues on two sides of the spectrum. She expresses her thoughts on human experiences of unity, peace, love, separation and endurance. She is influenced by the eastern philosophies. Though Manzar expresses her feelings and thoughts through simple, static forms, one can infer a dynamism and hint of discovery in them. She strives for peace and tranquility through her ecstatic forms.
Art has been a delicate vehicle to communicate my ideas and feelings that connect me to my cultural roots in Persia. The essence of literature, philosophy, music and other aspects of eastern and western culture have played a part in my expression on various subject matters. My work regards peace, unity, the human experiences of love and longing through the conveyance of simple visual forms.
Selected Reviews of Manzar's work
View an excerpt of Voice of America interview here.
Manzar interviewed for BBC
Manzar's works are on permanent display at WaterMark Gallery
Workshop: "Teach your heart with art"
An exploration of contemplative / creative proceses. (YouTube)
"Teaching your heart with art" Watermark Gallery workshop, short clip (YouTube)
A woman's eye: Women West Women East for Global Peace
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"Women who appear with no eye refer to wisdom within. I remember from my childhood observing nomads in the countryside."
"I express spontaneity and state of presence within and transfrom it on the canvas, inspired by musc in turn inspired by the poetry of Rumi and Hafez. The flow quality of form and color are indicatative of the dance of freedom, spontaneity, joy and the celebration of life."
"I search and examinethe notion of peace and beauty in pure state of presence."
"I communicate peace and tranquility through simple forms and variations of white pigments, within the creative space associated with possibility in silence."