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Nightingale & Rose Souvenirs – Golden Bird

In literature and the decorative arts, the Nightingale and Rose is a metaphor for the beloved and lover par excellence; the rose is beautiful, proud, and often cruel, while the bird sings endlessly of his longing and devotion. The Nightingale and the Rose series brings the ancient panegyric of the Nightingale and Rose (Gol-o-Bolbol) to the contemporary setting, addressing the dynamics of food, economy and human relationships in our evermore-globalized world. This work appropriates the Persian concept of the nightingale, and gives it a new form in the chicken, the common bird, the everyman. It is a particular Persian cultural reference, translated into a more general, or widely understood image, in order to broaden the manifold possibilities of association and interpretation, to seek nodes of connectivity, open fissures and places in between. This series contemplates the role of power structure in interpersonal relationships as well as international relations; where the asymmetrical relationship of bird and flower echoes from individual level to family, state, national and international political systems.

  • from The Nightingale and the Rose series, 2017
  • slip cast porcelain, gold luster
  • 5 1/4” x 7” x 5 1/2”



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