The particularity of an artist is to create her own world. Beyond that, the value and the soundness of Maryam Salour’s art is in that it constitutes a particular universe. Hers is an autonomous small world that only fleetingly resembles that which we usually know, but which has all its depth, diversion and obscurity. In this respect Maryam Salour’s example remains rare in contemporary Iranian sculpture. For her, it is no longer sufficient to place herself only at the mere level of aesthetic sentiment, but to step entirely into a new world through which we can directly witness the mysteries of Personality.
This is above all the image of the Persian Garden. This expression of lost paradise haunts the mind of Maryam Salour. For her, the everlasting soul of Iran is incarnated in this mystical space where the invisible becomes substance and stone. Here the artist’s work resembles that of the philosopher who, by brewing a multitude of facts, arrives at the concept, at the abstract pleasure of an immeasurable definition, the materialization of which is the subjective proof of happiness, and the objective figure of the perpetual beauty.
It is here where the art of Maryam Salour meets the heritage of Persia, as a privileged place for the advent of memory, to establish her own “home.” Hence, the sentiment of metamorphosis that we feel in front of this resurrection of consciousness in the shape of the Persian Garden, and more directly before this dialogue between Maryam Salour’s style and the fertile earth. A communication that is not random but the very life of an art that discovers immortality.
Considering it as a whole, the art of Maryam Salour appears to us like a poetic act, which begs us to ask about the inner beauty of its elements. It makes us feel life, opens our eyes, and makes us realize that sculpture is quite distinct from an artful imitation of an exterior reality. That is where the artist asserts herself deeply and naturally as a creator.Set against a world where there exists nothing more than the power of decadence, the art of Maryam Salour appeals to a different form of vision. She sees the world as she shows it. To see, for her, is to invite us to see. So, a wave passes and, from one side of the mirror to the other, we are born into the world.
The Persian Garden invites us to contemplate, to recognize our perennial profundity. To Maryam Salour, the call to memory unites by a mystical communion with the invisible eternity of the Persian soul.
Teheran 10 Avril 2003