I use traditional Persian calligraphy materials to create abstract ink drawings. These drawings borrow formal elements from the Persian alphabet while referencing the long-standing history of integrating Persian poetry with the visual arts and music. I work while listening to traditional Persian music, and create a visual response to the distinct melodies and rhythms of this music.
My gouache paintings are based on the Iranian “radif” system of music, which is comprised of 7 “dastgahs” or modes, with characteristic intervals and sounds. The distinct melodic patterns and rhythms evoke different palettes and marks, which are used to create abstract paintings.
Nazanin Moghbeli is a Philadelphia based artist who creates works on paper using ink, gouache, and graphite. She has traveled throughout Iran and the Middle East, and has studied traditional Persian miniature illumination, calligraphy, and painting. She earned her degree in painting at Swarthmore College.
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