The Simurgh’s story

The work ” Simurgh” is inspired by a tale named The Conference of the Birds or Speech of the Birds (Persian: منطق الطیر‎‎, Manṭiq-uṭ-Ṭayr, also known as مقامات الطیورMaqāmāt-uṭ-Ṭuyūr; 1177),which is a celebrated literary masterpiece of Persian literature by poet Farid ud-Din Attar (ca. 1142–1220), commonly known as Attar of Nishapur. Simurgh (/ˌsɪˈmərɡ/), also spelled simorgh, simorgsimurgsimoorg, simorq or simourv, is a benevolent, mythical bird in Iranian mythology and literature. The figure can be found in all periods of Iranian art and literature and is also evident in the iconography of Georgia,[3] medieval Armenia,[4] the Byzantine Empire,[5] and other regions that were within the realm of Persian cultural influence. On the other hand, the phrase sī murğ (سی مرغ) means “thirty birds” in Persian; this has been used by Attar of Nishapur in his symbolic story of The Conference of the Birds which he played with the name. Iranian legends consider the bird so old that it had seen the destruction of the world three times over. The simurgh learned so much by living so long that it is thought to possess the knowledge of all the ages. The Simurgh made its most famous appearance in the Ferdowsi‘s epic Shahnameh (Book of Kings), where its involvement with the Prince Zal is described.

Creation

This work is made of ceramic.

The present work, as an inspiration from the great effort made by the birds in the legend “the conference of the birds” to reach their ” utopia” ( their lost paradise),is the reflection of the inner world of the artist, which consists of the artist’s feelings and personal experiences in both individual and collective contexts ; in other words, Simurgh is the reflection of the whole solitude and restrictions experienced by the artist in her personal life, and correspondingly the reflection of the dominant social  atmosphere in the in her country. Simurgh represents an individual which exists as a potential embryo but shut in a shell which deprives him from any opportunity to actualize his potentiality; as if he is imprisoned in a sealed cage. From the artists point of view, although the set of the  thirty birds creates a whole unit, but each of them is peculiar and distinct. Thus, each of them is imprisoned in a single and separate cage.

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