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Shirin Art Gallery Feb 2014 Shokouh Moghadam 02
Tehran
آيا تا كنون به زيبايي پروانه ها هنگاميكه در هوا پرواز می کنند٬ نگريسته ايد؟
 همانند پرياني رقصان  در هوا٬ ظريف و شكننده اند و قابليــت معجزه آســـايي در خود دارند.
اين موجودات زيــبا كاري فراتر از جذابيت دلربايشان انجام ميدهند . آنها مي توانند به معناي واقعي كلمه به عنوان پيامبراني معنوي   خدمت كنند.
انديشيدن به پروانه ها و چرخه ي حياتشان برايــم تداعي كننده ي معناي بزرگ معنويت استبا يك تخم آغاز مي شود. كرم ابريشمي بيرون مي آيد و سپس به بعد بعدي وارد مي شود٬ جاييكه به يك "پيــله" تبديل مي گردد.
در آخــر پروانه ي خارق العاده اي شكوه و جلال خود را در ميان تمام بالداران به تماشا مي گذارد.
بـراي من پروانه  استعاره اي  از "روح" است.يك "سـيـر روحاني" است.
و معرف "دگرگونــي روحــاني" خــود ماســت! 
ما خيلي ســاده شروع مي كنيم. پــله به پــله مي آموزيــم چگونه در ابن دنيـا عمل كنيــم.
همچون "كرم ابريشمي" روز به روز در تكاپوي زندگي مي خزيم امــا هنوز در جستجوي معــناي عميقتري از “زندگي” هستيم.
سر انجــام به سير درونمان پا مي گذاريم تا به كنكاوی در خويش بپردازيم.  همانــند تنيدن پيــله اي به دور خودمان در خود فرو ميرويم...مي خوانيم...و بيش از پيــش متمركز در "خــود" مي شويم .
از نقطه نظري ديــگر ما آماده ي نمايان ساختن ماهيت حقيقيمان در دنــيا هستــيم و همچون پروانه ها بالهايــمان را مي گشاييم و پرواز مي كنيم.
هــر موجود زنده اي فــاني است. پــروانه ها نيــز از اين دست مستــثـنا نيستــند.
هر چند بس طولاني تر از آنها عمر مي كنيم امـــــا حيات زودگذر و زمــان به سرعت ميتـــازد.گاهــاً آن را درك نمي كنيـــم و ناگــهان سالـــها از پس نظرمــان به پلك زدني مي گذرند.
پروانـــه ها به ما مي آموزند كه  از زندگي در لحظه لذت ببريــم و بقــائ  خويش را  بر زمين پر رنگ كنيم .
و همچنين يادآور مي شوند  كه مرگ تنــها دگرگونــي ديــگريست كه پس از آن بالــهايمان را باز و به بـــعدي ديگر پــــرواز خواهيـــم كـــرد.
بهنام کامرانی
The Butterfly Medley
Have you ever noticed the beauty of a butterfly as it floats by? Butterflies have a magical quality to them. They appear so immaterial and fragile, much like fairies dancing on air. These beautiful creatures do more than just look pretty! They can serve as wonderful spiritual messengers—both literally and figuratively.
When I think about butterflies, and its life cycle, to me it contains a great deal of spiritual meaning. It starts as an egg, and hatches into a caterpillar. Then it enters the next stage where it becomes a cocoon. Finally the magnificent butterfly emerges in all its winged glory. To me butterflies serve as a metaphor for the soul, it is a spiritual journey, and represent our own spiritual transformation. We start out very simple, plain and gradually learn to function in the world. At this stage, it is like a caterpillar. We crawl along through life in our every day activities, but still search for deeper meaning. Eventually we go on that inner journey to explore within our inner selves, much like wrapping ourselves in the cocoon. We start meditating, read and get more focused inside. At some point we are ready to emerge, and share our true essence with the world. And like butterflies we spread our wings and start flying. Every living thing is mortal; butterflies have relatively short life spans. Although we live much longer than the butterfly, life is fleeting and time moves quickly. Sometimes we don’t realize it and all of a sudden, the years just slip away. Butterflies teach us to enjoy the present moment and make the most of our existence here on earth. They also remind us that death is just another transformation—we will just spread our wings and fly in another dimension.
“Wind in the endless wings”
Shokooh Moghadam’s art works present an unconsidered perspective within abstract painting.
Inspired by the geometric forms of the butterfly, they enact a tension between these static shapes and the insect’s fluttering movements, capturing the dancing patterns they trace in the air through flight.
Having refined her practice over years of study under many different painting masters, Moghadam has reached a salient point of personal and subjective reflection with “Wind in the endless wings.” The endlessly fluid circulation of her paintings’ abstract forms, like intertwining ribbons, exude the joyful spirit of a self that has achieved a newfound freedom through self-reflection and understanding. The movement of forms evokes Moghadam’s own interiority, moving freely beyond external constraints with grace and poise.
We step forward indebted to that most mysterious moment of the very beginning.
From which all things emerged…
Only a dot was the beginning of the world!
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