Zahra Ghyasi (b. 1981, Urmia, Iran) is an Iranian contemporary visual artist. She showed great enthusiasm and talent in painting since her childhood. Zahra was also curious about science and mathematics, so she continued her formal education at Iran University of Science and Technology where she received her BA in Computer Science and her MA in Executive Management. In the meantime, she took several painting courses. After her graduation from the university, she worked as a freelance artist and tutor. In 2005, Zahra became an editor in art and law department of a magazine where she developed her media skills and started translating books and articles. Eventually, she found her artistic calling in 2012 and started focusing on painting and visual art. She draws on all the experiences she has gained through the years: from art history and contemporary philosophy to technology. Her first solo exhibition was held in Shokouh Gallery in 2014 and her second show was held in the April of 2018 in Saless Gallery. She intends to rethink the image of death with regards to culture, history, architecture, and even human relationships. She tries to maintain a neutral view, neither to glorify nor to condemn them. She believes that facing naked death is impossible and thus depicting the image of death is also impossible. Any image that pretends to represent death is only a poetic collage of deadly phenomena that fail to depict the real thing.
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0 Pure black pigments can be found in nature. Black pigments that are used in painting industry are usually carbon-based, made by burning wood and bones. Black ink used in calligraphy is made by gathering and processing soot, which is the basic color for printing books.
0 In Persian mythologies, black is the color of the underworld. Hades is pitch black and light and regeneration come out of the heart of darkness. The gods are the makers of man, like Siavash who burns in fire, dies, goes to the world of shadows, and then rises again as new plants with the coming of spring.
0 In a certain process of fossilization of plants, a peculiar phenomenon occurs: a two-dimensional image of living creatures are formed inside the layers of rock. Due to the massive amount of pressure in the course of thousands of years, a heavy trace is left on the stone. In fact, this type of fossils are two-dimensional images of ancient plants and animals—a hidden archive of unknown creatures.
100 Using ashes that have remained from a burning book used to illustrate a fossil garden of extinct plants is a reference to a death that leads to the obliteration of a previous world and the birth of a new text that is impossible to read with previous conventions.