Paria Shahverdi’s collages are taut with the history of her own experiences as a child, woman, and artist in war torn Iran, and thick with the magical realism that allows all survivors to make sense of the dark. Her work explores the themes of revolution, war, loss, and immigration, and combines the energy of recollection and the transformations left behind. Shahverdi asks you to lean in, to consider the rhythms present beneath the work – can you see yourself in these people, deconstructed into segments of tone, colour, motive, and light? In all aspects of her art – writing, poetry, painting, drawing, collage - Shahverdi seeks to create connections through her experiences, and define the edges of the world she lives in now. " Lara Bozabalian
War is destruction, demolition, and darkness, while victims of war seek asylum, hope, and light. To visualize it, I have been pushed to use various materials. Eventually, black thick rope became my chosen material for drawing. My hands embracing the gallons of dark material created shapes on plywood. In representation of all the destruction and destroyed homes, I have made several sculptures of wounded human figures. However, in every single piece of art there is a little hope of life, representing the aftermath of war.