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 "