Maryam Salour started her career as an artist with ceramic pottery. What she made were recognizable in their familiar shapes and forms, but they had additions that were at times dainty (harmonious compositions of colorful glazes) and at times cheeky (serrated edges, crosshatch patterns, and splashes of glazes over colorful glaze) that made the whole piece look much more than just a decorative wear.
It was clear back then that she was not content with limitations imposed by functionality and would move beyond the use-value of her creations – mostly plates, vases, and lamp stands – and this is what happened. She is now making sculptures: simple, majestic, and at times forlorn, not too tall or broad-shouldered. The viewer would need to bend over and get nearer to satisfy his/her curiosity.
These statues are usually without a visage. Their bodies are drawn out and balanced, which go well with their grated and furrowed texture. Some are bent to the side or over, but they do have a base that supports them. Their colors range from dark to light and their wax-like texture is a new technique in Iran. In several statues, in the place of a head, we see a shape akin to a heart; among these, a pair of statues is the most successful. The two sculptures, standing next to each other, are identical in shape; however, one is black and the other white.
Among other works, the series of dark sculptures with tall and stationary bodies are also pleasant. Their visages cannot be discerned, as if covered by a long imaginary cloth that effaced all the facial details, leaving only the general outline of the idea.
Maryam Salour’s Walls are another set of works that show her prolonged conversation and affinity with the contemporary art scene. Characterized by coarsened and slashed surfaces, these walls are rectangular shapes in her favorite black, white, and grey colors. Their huge dimensions bring out the hidden potentials of blank slates.
For the past sixteen years, Maryam Salour has pursued her calling with utmost resolve and without pretense. She has experimented in many areas and with many mediums. Looking at the specimens of her works up until today, we can hope that she will continue on her path with courage and determination.