Based on a poem by the 14th century Persian and Sufi poets Kwaju and Hafez, Torang (The Bergamot) is a conversation between two people or perhaps God interrogating man. The poem alludes to the status of a bergamot orange as an attribute that is unattainable and unruly.
The poem speaks of nonconformity. On the one hand, Toranj-i which is a mashq - repeated exercise - of trying to perfect what stands for the unattainable, standing next to it on the other hand is the copper and silver line drawing of a Toranj-ii which is being constantly tarnished by three white pigments - Lead, titanium zinc – that slowly tarnishes and transforms the drawing of a Toranj-the unattainable.
Gouache on paper- 112x92 cm- 2019
Toranj- copper and silver line drawing over zinc, titanium and lead white pigments- 122x92 cm - 2019
Detail Toranj 1 and 2