Cyrah Dardas

Aban (2020)
watercolor, ink on archival paper
30 x 22 in.

My diasporic Persian heritage heavily informs my practice. Persian empires were founded on the veneration of the earth, specifically the worship of fire and water. Persians prided themselves on their ability to harness the power of these elements through the creation of oasis civilizations built within gardens. Throughout history, Persians have archived the importance of these sacred spaces that honored life through art, textile design, and poetry.

My recent work examines ancient Persian gardens and their use of sacred geometry as a means of irrigating water and sustaining life. Because I am interested in how these ancient and intuited frameworks exist, I compare these structures with the microcosmic geometry in living things, such as plants and unicellular organisms, noting the similarities of symmetry and form.

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