Rayyaneh is a young Iranian Bahai artist who moved to the United States about four years ago. She was born in Shiraz, Iran in November of 1978, around the time of the Iranian revolution. The Iranian revolution marked the downfall of Iran's monarchy and gave birth to the Islamic Republic of Iran. Along with a new government, a great deal of oppression and war occurred in the nation.
As a result of growing up in a war torn country, Rayyaneh became very interested in social and political matters, including human rights issues, especially those focused on religious persecutions and the oppression of women and minorities. These matters are reflected in Rayyaneh's art work, which yield a very somber feeling. This mood is further reflected through the use of low-key and mostly neutral colors, by scratching away paint from the surface of a painting, through the use of written language as well dripping or throwing of paint on a painting surface.
Rayyaneh is an extrovert who loves change, adventure and mystery. These qualities also have made her work more expressive. She has a strong connection to her Faith -The Bahai Faith- as well as a strong interest in philosophy, of which both have influenced her perception of the world and consequently her works subject matter.
My point of view toward art is to express, my feelings, my thoughts and my beliefs in my own way. I want to open up a new window to the world through my own eyes. The world is in constant change, and I, as part of the world, am in constant change as well. My work, as a representations of me, keeps changing, too. That means, I don't want to tie myself to one language of form I want my art to be as fluid as life. Every time that I have an idea about something, depending on where I am in my life and what possibilities and materials I have, I choose a completely different way to express my point of view, and whenever I create something, it is very new, even to my own eyes.
Materials, forms, colors, compositions, spaces and whatever we see, have a great capacity to express every different concepts when arranged in a special way to be able to speak out and communicate. They can express every thing, visible or invisible, by their presence or even by their absence. My work involves an exploration of the invisible, the absent, especially by a subtractive process of scratching paint from the canvass.
Every time I start an art work, I keep my hand loose and I keep my mind open; I keep stepping back and forth. If its a painting, sometimes I control my brush strokes and go precisely and slowly, and sometimes I let it go fluently and freely. Accidents happen; and I keep the good accidents and appreciate them and get rid of the unnecessary ones. Serendipity can be a source of strength, so I emphasize the process of creation, allowing the unfinished work to talk to me as I develop it. I use the power of the colors to express and to reinforce the feeling. I always care about color's temperature and value. I keep changing my color pallet as well as my tools and my surfaces. Every now and then, I step farther from the painting, and look at it to see if it is done, and if it is I stop working at it. Then I hang it somewhere and look at it for days. Otherwise I go over it with another layer of paint and so on.
Incorporating calligraphy in some of my works is another way of expression. The words are not legible, I incorporate language into my work, not to limit viewers' interpretation, but to invite them to contemplate the mystery between words and images. Something is there, but its not really there. The process of scratching away paint, in order to write, is also very expressive in and of itself. It is like carving those words in the body of the painting. It is like the painting is talking to the viewer by carving away pieces of its own body, and the trace of nothingness on the paintings is in fact what is talking to the viewer on those paintings.