124th Meeting Artist
Lida Sherafatmand - Ambassador for Peace
The 124th Art Discussion Group Meeting will be held on Wednesday 26th November 2014 at 19.30hrs at MISCO OFFICE (first floor) in Fino Building in Notabile Road, Mriehel. ADG is inviting Lida Sherafatmand talented, versatile, and muti-faceted as painter, poet, dancer and philosopher in her quest for peaceful negotiation in international relations, cooperation and communication. She is deeply involved and applied and reaches out to society with a distict message of love and peace in the tranquillity, serenity and harmony of her artistic vision and concept.
Her art being therapeutic induces an inward and outward feeling of well-being and fulfillment. She will answer questions from the floor regarding her vision, concept, and career. She will also elaborate about approach and technique.
Her exhibition ‘Music of the Spheres’ was inaugurated at Cavalieri Art Hotel, St. Julians on Friday 7th November and will remain open for the convenience of the public till Sunday 7th December, 2014. The title suggests the harmony, balance and unity that music stimulate.
It is the music of the cosmos, a belief that each planet turning around the sun produces a note and in unison form an orchestration stemming from a profound Greek understanding of mathematical and geometric precision. Lida’s work is the essence of simplicity as she uses the delicate flower as a module, repeated infinitely in a pattern to produce lyrical poetry and music.
The flower is a symbol dear to man as he uses it to celebrate with joy, pleasure and happiness life and commemorate nostalgically the loss of life. Flowers are velvety, delicate, noble, beautiful and exotic ‘creatures’. They are the symbol of woman whose maternity is the creator in life. Woman wears them in her hair, decorates her hats and dresses with them and man decorates the lapel of his jacket.
Flowers suggest states of mind, moods, character and social or civil commitments. The carnation in painting signifies a couple’s engagement, a red rose marital love, a lily innocence, a violet humility, a poppy the blood shed by our forefathers for their country while the narcissus is mythical and profound. It grew from the drops of blood that watered the soil after Narcissus saw the reflection of his face in a mountain pool and in despair pierced his breast with a knife as Echo was unable to whisper her mutual love for him though she could repeat after him all he uttered.
Lida’s art is meticulously painted after consistent meditation and contemplation. It aims at balance, unity and peace through reflection, and as in Van Gogh’s ‘Starry Night’ it produces a vortex through which the viewer can escape into the void and feel total nirvana. She says it with flowers to attain unity and peace. She builds bridges and cements relationships and friendship.
Her art is life or a reflection of life as she creates a polarity of light and darkness, of joy and sadness, of chiaroscuro. Her art is this duality in life, a magnetic equilibrium of this attraction and repulsion of forces that in our human fragility and simplicity we think absurd but which in reality is just an apparent contradiction.
Lida is a mystic and her expression is a universal language, delicate, gentle and noble. She was born in Khorramshahr, Iran during great strife yet she is a Maltese citizen and an ambassador to our country as she has organized exhibitions outside our shore: France, UK, Switzerland, Russia, Argentina, Columbia, China, Belgium (Bruges), USA, Australia, Paris and Brussels.
ADG invites all members and their friends and the public to enjoy meeting Lida Sherafatmand and share with her the therapy, pleasure and relaxation that her art instills.
E. V. Borg
(16. 11. 2014)