EXHIBITIONSNiloofar Lohrasbi
13 Apr 2012 - 22 Apr 2012


The general theme of Niloofar Lohrasbi’s paintings is life and the relationship of human to himself and to the others; relationship of human to the animals, objects and other humans within the so called “human life” on the earth or under earth! In these relationships, we usually deny the presence of our monsters; the monsters who are the projections of conflicts and complexities of our egos, minds and surrounding. According to Mosahab Encyclopedia, the term monster means material; an essence which is one of the two constituents of the body and body consists of the material or monster and the form. So monster is transformable and would be embodied in any form. This is why the term monster is considered synonym with demon or ogre. Ogre is also a legendary humanoid creature, huger and stronger than man, able to change his appearance and deceive man.
This is the case in Niloofar Lohrasbi’s works, particularly where the title of these monsters are inscribed besides their forms; these are our transforming monsters appearing in different forms. These monsters are sometimes pictured very human-like and sometimes in the form of animals with body parts borrowing from other kinds of animals or from human body. However the general atmosphere of these paintings is jovial and regardless of the subjects which are sometimes violent and full of tension, they are not devoid of humor and wit. The childish colors and forms of these paintings are the outcome of the painter’s imaginative inner child; a narrative in the form of a paper roll painting with unusual size and composition on which here and there we see the title of places, characters and sometimes their speeches written on the painting, just similar to the story-telling canvases (Naghali Pardeh); a kind of narrative in which both the subject and the style of narration are innovative and unique. In this way, these apparently simple papers depict, sometimes in a satirical manner, another face of human relations in life.
Zarvan Rouhbakhshan
March, 2012