Portuguese Castle/Hormoz Island, Iran (photograph by Rahele Zomorrodinia)
I have been in touch with Atefeh over the past year or more - thanks to another outstanding Iranian environmental artist, Dr. Ahmad Nadalian at the Paradise Art Center in Polour, Iran. Atefeh and Tara have particpated in a wave of environmental art festivals in Iran (organized by Nadalian) as well as being founding members of The Persian New Art Collective. I also featured Atefeh and Tara's fiber 'peace bracelets' on Ecco*Eco in March.
Fiber installation in progress on Hormoz Island, Iran (photograph by Rahele Zomorrodinia)
Environmental fiber installation on Hormoz Island, Iran (photograph by Sharnaz Zarkesh)
Fiber installation at Orumieh Lake/Tabriz, Iran (photograph by Sharnaz Zarkesh)
These exquisite images really speak for themselves, and this for me, is the beauty of the site-specific, eco-crafting work that Atefeh, Tara, and their contemporaries collaborate on. Even though Iran is worlds away, these green forests, distant shores, and ancient salt lakes seem like they are all glistening and spun from the same elements and fiber as ours.