ON VIEW THRU FEBRUARY 29, 2024: Maryam Lavaf’s artwork is considered a reflection of her insight and perception of nature’s essence. Rather than painting details, in this current body of work, the artist symbolically creates an abstracted conception of nature encouraging viewers to connect while feeling the sense of nature within themselves. Lavaf believes that the beauty and majesty of nature is a natural healer, and that each of us has the ability to tap into this resource.
For generations, the Persian garden has been a landscape garden designed individually and created intentionally as a space embedded in the aesthetic and spiritual context of its past, as well as its contemporary, cultural, political, and social environment. These gardens typically feature streams, pathways, ponds, fountains, and usually a central pavilion. The beauty of these gardens with their surrounding walls deeply impressed writers who often mentioned their resemblance to Paradise on Earth when referencing Persian gardens in ancient manuscripts.