In the absence of Sun

Myths are symbolic expressions that have always been perceived in that same symbolic form. They appeared to human mind as very true and realistic powers. This symbolic view goes back to an era, when reality was realized in a different way than our present perception. In this mythical world, woman, earth and tree were symbols of creation, having both the power of giving life and birth. The three of them had divine status; the three of them were regarded and perceived as equals and in such a world, filled with images and imaginations, the three of them had the ability to recreate.

Art and myths have close and inseparable relation with each other. In the beginning of their development, artistic creations were always in connection with myths. This artistic expression is still relevant in our thoughts and words.

To express the concept of sorrow, loneliness and hopelessness of woman, earth and tree, the artist has entered the world of myths in her “In the Absence of Sun” collection. But the mythical roots of paintings are no longer symbolic expression of life and fertility of that era and do not acknowledge the beauty of ancient thoughts. Being aware of the equal mythical origins of woman, earth and tree, the artist has illustrated a world, detached from nature. Earth with no plants, trees with no fruits and woman, who is no longer a goddess… Looking for the original union, Woman is hopelessly wandering in all the paintings. Her empathy with tree has made the horse as the symbol of freedom on earth and horse-gods from heaven her companions. In Mitra Ebrahimi’s works, symbolic characters of creation and life in a world, absent of sun, are let loose with no sanctity. But myths are in denial with the reality of death and in her last work of this collection, where woman is multiplied among and entwined with branches of the tree, the artist connects us with the myth of immortality and return to nature once more and brings down the horse-god of heaven to earth for help.

Writer: Mehrnoush Asgari

Translated by: Pegah Ebrahimi