Mitra Ebrahimi’s The Walls

The walls show contradictory traits: from one side they shelter us, and at the same time they interfere between us and the others. Without orifices and doors, they represent eternal prisons. We live our lives between thick walls made of concrete and stone, in a continuous state of fear and we hope to transcend these hopeless and doomed places. And we are acquainted with relation and separation, involved in friendship and enmity of others, with our only concern to play and to love and to die.

From above, a wall could be an abyss through which one can be an imaginary rope-walker or, when one is solitary and without facility, an impassable abyss. From below, i.e. from the depth of the abyss, one is able to mark the others walking on the walls in a fascinating way; but one should also ask if one does not confront with higher and higher walls from above. One’s appeasing and joyful view of sparrows and kites and kids cannot relieve his or her tormented soul from eternal dread of fall.

The artist here represents a raging bull aiming at a helpless child. In this way she reminds us of the storm of events between the walls. Although on the other hand, she tries to portray a love garden with its sumptuous luminous space on the beyond, to minimize the current fear which rules in between the impassable walls.

Mitra Ebrahimi has always been a selective artist. With closed places –sometimes covering two third of her canvas – as her leitmotiv, she has shown her dexterity in portraying abstract spaces with rough textures. She also marks her paintings with absolutely beautiful and color-enriched figures, and narrates a dramatic version of the fate of the modern man who has been trapped in fortresses of urban skyscrapers.

Her sympathy with human beings aims at finding a way out of this fatalistic bondage, and she actually manages to transcend to the beyond. But the hard reality of our lives in our closed societies warns us against being too optimistic. But as the last resort, consciously knowing the obstacles may put a way before us to release our far-fetched reason.

Javad Mojabi
November 2012